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Taylor Swift Drops New Single 'Gorgeous' And It's, Well, Gorgeous

It’s been nearly two months since Taylor Swift gave us the first taste of her upcoming album, “Reputation,” but it already feels longer than every excruciating minute she spent on screen in “Valentine’s Day.”
 
After splintering the internet into a million pieces with her first single, “Look What You Made Me Do” (and the follow up “Ready For It”), Swift dropped another track off the album titled “Gorgeous” late Thursday night. 
 
The song skews closer to the pop-inspired sound of the singer’s previous album, “1989,” than what we’ve heard from her lately. With an upbeat chorus about falling for a guy with “ocean blue eyes,” we can’t help but assume the song is about Swift’s new beau, British actor Joe Alwyn, or perhaps ex-boyfriends Tom Hiddleston and Calvin Harris.
 
“You’re so gorgeous. I can’t say anything to your face.” Swift sings. “I’m so furious at you for making me feel this way, but what can I say.”
 
Earlier in the day, Swift teased the new track, which is officially the eighth on the album, on Instagram. In the clip, we hear a young girl reciting the name of the song as a beat we’ll be bopping to in no time builds.
 
Since announcing the album, Swift has laid low, foregoing any traditional press before the release. She has, however, been spending her downtime reconnecting with her passionate fanbase in unexpected ways. 
 
After lurking hard on Instagram trying to get them to notice her, she actually showed up at the home of one U.K. superfan earlier this week with a swag bag in hand, posing for pictures and doling out hugs. 
 
The pop star has also been hosting secret listening sessions in London and in her home in Rhode Island for diehard Swifties to get a first feel for the album. 
 
Excited fans quickly took to social media to tease Swift’s new sound with one writing, “THE ALBUM IS LYRICALLY BETTER THAN SPEAK NOW AND RED COMBINED.” 
 
And if that wasn’t enough, the singer was also spotted filming a music video on the streets of London that’s also rumored to be inspired by her new relationship.
 
Enjoy the quiet now, because a new era of Swift is upon us. 
 

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Demi Lovato Lied About Her Sobriety While Promoting Sobriety

Although Demi Lovato often speaks candidly about her struggles, there was at least one point in her career she was less than forthcoming with fans — during her road to recovery, the pop star promoted sobriety while high on drugs.
 
More: Demi Lovato's Support of Miley Cyrus' Sobriety Is Good for the Sisterhood
 
The shocking revelation came via Lovato's new documentary, Simply Complicated, which premiered earlier this week on YouTube. The documentary, which takes place over a time span of seven months, explores Lovato's, well, complicated history with substance abuse.
 
In the documentary, Lovato divulges she first tried cocaine when she was only 17 and still working for the Disney Channel.
 
"I loved it. I felt out of control with the coke the first time that I did it," she said, admitting she ignored her mother's warnings that the drug could kill her. "My dad was an addict. I guess I always searched for what he found in drugs and alcohol because it fulfilled him and he chose that over a family."
 
According to John Taylor, the creative director of Lovato's management team, it was the Jonas Brothers who initially encouraged Lovato to get help after she punched a backup singer.
 
Lovato landed in rehab in 2010 — at the time, she was 18. Unfortunately, the pop star wasn't quite ready to make a change, though, admitting, "I wasn't working my program. I wasn't ready to get sober. I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it through the night. Nobody knew."
 
At one point, Lovato even feared for her own life.
 
"I would sneak out and get drugs, I would take my drug tests with other people's pee," she said. "There was one night when I used a bunch of coke and I popped a few Xanax bars, and I began to choke a little bit. My heart started racing, and I thought to myself, 'Oh my God, I might be overdosing right now.'"
 
It took Demi's manager Phil McIntyre issuing a grand ultimatum for Lovato to realize how much she stood to lose by doing drugs.
 
"We were in New York and she was clearly on something, and she was on air promoting this new way of life, and I was like, 'You're so full of it,'" McIntyre recalled. "I worked with everyone on the team — business managers, agents, attorneys, everybody — to say, 'If Phil walks, we walk.' This was the showdown of all showdowns."
 
And apparently it did the trick. Faced with losing her entire team, Lovato smashed her phone, thus severing her contact to any drug dealers. She then began the real road to recovery, calling that moment the "beginning of the process of surrendering."
 
Clearly, Simply Complicated lays Lovato's life bare. At only 78 minutes, it's a must-watch for fans of the now-clean and empowered pop star. 

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Megyn Kelly's Latest Move Is 'Not A Good Sign' For Her New 'Today' Show

Things have gone from bad to worse for Megyn Kelly.
 
Ratings for "Megyn Kelly Today" reportedly slipped from 0.77 to 0.54 between Monday and Tuesday of last week, which could potentially represent a new ratings low for the "Today" show brand, according to Page Six.
 
"It's a possible all-time low for 'Today,'" a source told the outlet. "It may even be lower than her cable show. [NBC News president] Noah [Oppenheim] and [NBC News and MSNBC chairman] Andy [Lack] are in big trouble."
 
"That's a big drop," another source said. "They have to turn this around."
 
Not only that, but one of Page Six's sources said that Kelly appearing on MSNBC this week was "unthinkable" and "not a good sign" for her show. As they noted, "you don't see Matt [Lauer] or Savannah [Guthrie] on MSNBC."
 
The new report comes days after Variety spoke to several high-powered Hollywood publicists who told them that they are discouraging their clients from appearing on "Megyn Kelly Today" due to its lackluster ratings, negative press and stale format.
 
"I'm not booking anyone on her show," one publicist told Variety. "I literally haven't pitched anyone even from right out the gate. The buzz that is out there is so bad."
 
"I won't plan to have others go on," another publicist told the outlet following one of their client's bad experience on the show. "None specifically have been offered or asked to, but it'll be my preference not to."
 
Though other sources close to the show insist that things are almost always up-and-down out the gate for new shows, the lack of positive news around "Megyn Kelly Today" does not bode well for its future.

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Channing Tatum Cuts Ties With The Weinstein Company

Channing Tatum is no longer developing a film with The Weinstein Company, which dealt with a boy dealing with the aftermath of sexual abuse. 
 
Tatum wrote on Instagram Wednesday that he will not be developing anything with Harvey Weinstein's former company, which has been embroiled in sexual harassment scandals over the past two weeks. 
 
The film was to be based on author Matthew Quick's book "Forgive Me Leonard Peacock."
 
Quick also wrote "Silver Linings Playbook," which The Weinstein Co. developed into a film that won Jennifer Lawrence an Oscar. 
 
Tatum says now is the time to be reminded of the healing message of the book, and that this is an opportunity for real change. He called for an elimination of abuse from creative culture.

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Billy Joel To Become A Dad For The Third Time At Age 68

Congratulations are in order for Billy Joel and his wife, Alexis Joel. The couple is expecting their second child together.
 
The “Piano Man” singer, 68, confirmed the news in an interview with The Belfast Telegraph, published on Saturday, saying, “We are due next month.” A rep for the musician confirmed the timeframe to HuffPost on Wednesday. 
 
Billy and Alexis have been together since 2009 and got married in the summer of 2015. They are already parents to 2-year-old daughter Della Rose. Billy is also father to 31-year-old Alexa Ray Joel with ex-wife Christie Brinkley. 
 
Just before the couple welcomed Della in 2015, Billy opened up about becoming a father in his 60s in an interview with UPI. 
 
“Pretty wild, huh?” he said at the time. “I’ve still got the mojo. I’m excited!”
 
“I’m gonna spend a lot of time with this kid,” he said. “I was thinking about that. I’m probably going to be able to spend more time with this kid than most people are able to spend with their children, because I don’t have a regular job. I could be a stay-at-home dad for as long as I can stay alive.”
 
Now he’ll have two little ones in the house to spend time with. 

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Conspiracy Theorist Claim First Lady Trump Has Been Using A Body Double

Conspiracy theorists claim first lady Melania Trump has been using a body double
 
The only "evidence" of this theory is footage taken of Trump standing next to her husband, President Donald Trump, as he gave remarks regarding the Iran nuclear deal and hurricane relief for Puerto Rico Friday.
 
In the short clip, the president calls out Melania Trump during a press conference, a move conspiracy theorists on Twitter claim to be an effort to cover up his wife's alleged absence.
 
"My wife, Melania, who happens to be right here," the president said.
 
Some commented that the differences lie in the first lady's details: the sunglasses, her coat and the shape of her nose. 
 
 And, as Newsweek noted, since the footage made its debut online, Google searches like "Melania Trump double" and "Fake Melania" have shockingly seen a spike online.
 
But it wouldn't be the first time a woman in the political sphere faced accusations of using body doubles.
 
During the presidential election last year, then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton began trending online with hashtags such as  #bodydouble or #hillarysbodydouble.
 
Conspiracy theorists fingered Teresa Barnwell, a comedian who professionally impersonates Hillary Clinton, as the former Secretary of State's stand-in at 9/11 memorial event. 
 
And still, a year after the Clinton body double claims were denounced as false, Melania Trump is now facing her own side-by-side image comparisons by social media.

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Ron Howard Announces Name Of Han Solo Movie

Ron Howard has been working hard since taking over the standalone Han Solo "Star Wars" movie in June and he says he's finally wrapping up production. The veteran director announced on Tuesday that the movie's name will be "Solo: A Star Wars Story." 
 
In a video he posted on Twitter, he said, "I hope you've enjoyed the pictures that I've been sharing, pictures that I've been taking from the set of -- can we even say the name of the movie?" Chewbacca brought over a sign that said the title of the film and Howard added, "I'll see you next year." 
 
Howard, who is an Oscar winner, replaced directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were dismissed from the film Tuesday after four months of principal photography. 
 
The film, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the "Star Wars" character made famous by Harrison Ford, is slated to be Lucasfilm's second anthology film, following last year's hit "Rogue One." 
 
"Solo" is set to for release on May 25, 2018. 

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Ariana Grande's 2014 Album Cover Is Your New Favorite Conspiracy Theory

Is she really sitting on that stool? 
 
Ariana Grande’s 2014 album “My Everything” is getting attention on Twitter this week after BuzzFeed’s Jesse McLaren tried to re-create her pose and found it difficult ... perhaps even impossible: 
 
View image on TwitterView image on Twitter
 
 
Jesse McLaren ?@McJesse
I've done the research and there's no way her ass is sitting on that stool.
1:27 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
The discussion gained steam when it was retweeted by Grande herself:  
 
Ariana Grande ?@ArianaGrande
next week on mythbusters https://twitter.com/mcjesse/status/919615711026302976 …
5:13 PM - Oct 16, 2017
 
That sparked comments, theories, stool truthers and even multiple attempts to re-create the cover, with hilariously mixed results: 
 
kenny???? @Slhut
Replying to @Slhut @McJesse
pretty hurts. I remade it because I strive for perfectionist
2:36 PM - Oct 16, 2017
 
Raissa L @raissa8888
Replying to @McJesse
She's lean and nimble, you're large and clunky. That's why she's the superstar.
2:30 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
Michael Greg????ry ?@schmoyoho
Replying to @Slhut @McJesse
hard to control for variables like stool size but i think it’s real
8:48 PM - Oct 16, 2017
 
Nick Herrgott @NTHerrgott
Replying to @McJesse
But did you subject your results to a committee of your peers? Were the experiments run in a controlled, double-blind environment?
5:52 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
soumia? @GrandeAdore_
Replying to @McJesse
currently
5:15 PM - Oct 16, 2017
 
Charlie Kaplan @ciwk
Replying to @McJesse
@walkerkaplan jet fuel can't melt stool beams
2:05 PM - Oct 16, 2017
 
 ????Shadow Bae ???? @StellarK22
Replying to @McJesse
I literally just busted my ass @DrYoshua
6:40 PM - Oct 16, 2017
 
Barry Rosen @BAR0ke
Replying to @McJesse
She does seem to have an unusual center of gravity.
2:36 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
Michael Benjamin @mfbenji
Replying to @McJesse
Actually, if you could see behind her the stool looks like this
3:33 PM - Oct 15, 2017 · Chicago, IL
 
Michele @michele866
Replying to @McJesse
I want a whole Grande scientific analysis, like the one done to test whether both Jack and Rose could fit on that raft.
1:38 AM - Oct 16, 2017
 
Daniel / XTINA X6 ? @Lekmind
Replying to @McJesse
Easy ! ?????????????? @ArianaGrande
5:27 AM - Oct 16, 2017
 
Simone @Vrtlnsanity
Replying to @McJesse
Perhaps the stool is there but most of her weight is leaning against a black wall?
7:52 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
Spooky Kimiana ???????? @agbxdangerous
Replying to @HaileyDawnBlac1 @McJesse
No not photo shopped my mate didn't photo shop
12:13 AM - Oct 16, 2017
 
WHO want lasagna @highlighthunnie
Replying to @McJesse
U dont have the ponytail, that’s what balances everything out
1:29 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
Jesse McLaren ?@McJesse
Replying to @highlighthunnie
Nice try.
1:32 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
Dark As Vim @AardvarkRatnikk
Replying to @McJesse @cargrrr
This is important work. NSF grant for this man!
11:05 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
Ethan Alexander @EthanAlexIndie
Replying to @McJesse
Me trying to figure out how @ArianaGrande did that
2:34 PM - Oct 16, 2017
 
So was it a photo editing job? 
 
Someone tweeted other images from the shoot that appeared to confirm that Grande, indeed, was seated on the stool. 
 
Jimmy @JimBoy_Grande
Replying to @McJesse
LOL???????? believe it or not she actually did, here are the outtakes from the shoot
2:50 PM - Oct 15, 2017
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Blac Chyna Sues Rob Kardashian and His 'Powerful, Vindictive Family' Over Nude Photo Scandal

Blac Chyna filed a lawsuit against Rob Kardashian and his family Tuesday for allegedly damaging her brand and verbally and physically abusing her.
 
In the filing obtained by PEOPLE, Chyna, 29, claims she has suffered “significant damages” since her ex-fiancé’s explosive social media rampage July 5, in which he shared graphic and expletive-ridden content about the mother of his child — including three naked photos — while accusing her of drug/alcohol abuse and infidelity.
 
According to the lawsuit, Chyna (born Angela White) alleges the nude photo scandal — along with influence from the Kardashian family — are what got Rob & Chyna, her E! reality show with 30-year-old Kardashian, axed before a season 2.
 
“Rob Kardashian is an abuser intent on destroying Angela White, the mother of his baby, who left him in 2016,” the complaint states. “In revenge, the Kardashian-Jenner family became media predators, slut-shaming her on social media and killing her hit television show, which had already begun filming a second season.”
 
She names Rob, his mom Kris Jenner and his sisters Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner in the complaint and asks for unspecified damages.
 
“Rob Kardashian and his powerful, vindictive family have done enough damage to Ms. White’s career and professional reputation, which she singlehandedly built from scratch—without the help of a famous last name. This lawsuit seeks to hold them accountable,” the lawsuit states.
 
Chyna also accuses Rob of physical abuse, saying when she tried to call Tyga — Kylie’s ex and the father of Chyna’s 5-year-old son King Cairo — Rob “immediately grabbed the phone from her hand and violently knocked her to the ground where she landed on her hands and knees.”
 
She says she called King’s nanny, who took the boy away, and locked herself in her bedroom.
 
“However, Rob Kardashian lost all control and tore the hinges off of Ms. White’s bedroom door,” according to the suit. “Ms. White then retreated to the bathroom, hid in the bathroom closet, and locked the door.”
 
She says she recorded Rob yelling and ransacking her closet. The complaint states, “Ms. White suffered pain and difficulty walking for days following the domestic dispute as a result of Rob Kardashian violently knocking her to the ground.”
 
In September, her lawyer Lisa Bloom tweeted about the suit.

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Blake Lively Reveals Why She And Ryan Reynolds Are Such A Good Match

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Hollywood couple that seems more compatible and grounded than Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. 
 
What’s their secret? On Monday, the actress stopped by “Good Morning America” to promote her new movie “All I See Is You” and revealed that being in the same business has played a huge part in keeping their five-year marriage strong. 
 
“In general, it’s nice to have someone who understands what you’re doing. Especially because our job is so weird – you have to be married to other people, it’s all so strange,” she said. “It’s never normal, even when you’re both doing it.”
 
Plus, she said, Reynolds is familiar with what really goes down during a sex scene, so there’s no awkwardness when either of them has to film one.
 
“It’s helpful to know that like, oh, when you’re acting like you’re in a relationship with someone [else], that’s not what’s actually happening,” the actress told the hosts. “Because I have friends who are married to people who aren’t in the business, and they’re like, ‘Oh, so you’re not actually making love in that scene?!’ And I’m like, “No, no, no, no, definitely not, no. So yeah, those elements are helpful.”
 
Ryan, Blake and their two daughters last year when the actor was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It also probably helps that the pair share a sense of humor. For her 30th birthday in August, Reynolds paid tribute to his wife and the mother of his two little girls in a very Reynolds-ian way. 
 
“Happy Birthday to my amazing wife,” he wrote on Instagram ? which is incredibly sweet until you realize he cropped out Lively’s face:
 
And here’s how he marked the occasion on Twitter a year before: 
 
Ryan Reynolds ?@VancityReynolds
Just want to wish Billy Ray Cyrus the most special, magical birthday ever. I love you with all my heart. Also, Happy Birthday to my wife.
8:22 AM - Aug 25, 2016
 
That’s not all Reynolds posts on Twitter. He’s proven himself to be quite the joker, usually at the expense of his family: 
 
Ryan Reynolds ?@VancityReynolds
Damn it's hard letting your infant daughter go somewhere alone for the first time. I was a total mess dropping her off at Burning Man.
11:21 AM - Sep 7, 2016
 
Ryan Reynolds ?@VancityReynolds
This morning, my daughter said, "quiche" which means she's smart, hungry and an asshole.
7:55 PM - Aug 21, 2016
 
Ryan Reynolds ?@VancityReynolds
On our 6am walk, my daughter asked where the moon goes each morning. I let her know it's in heaven, visiting daddy's freedom.
2:54 PM - Oct 16, 2016
 
Lively ? who’s cracked some jokes at Reynolds expense, too ? told the “GMA” hosts that she misses out on most of her hubby’s wisecracks.
 
“Luckily I lost my password to Twitter about a year and a half ago, so I haven’t been able to keep up,” she said. “Everybody’s always asking about it, but I never know. He’s so funny.”
 
Perfect for each other, we tell ya. 

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Ed Sheeran Has Reportedly Been Hit by a Car and Rushed to the Hospital

Ed Sheeran has been rushed to hospital with a broken arm after crashing off his bicycle in London.
 
The multi-award winning pop star was taken to A&E after reportedly being hit by a car while cycling on Monday morning.
 
Sheeran later shared a picture of himself sporting a cast on his right arm, and told fans that his upcoming tour dates could be in jeopardy.
 
 
He wrote: “I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows. 
 
Fans inundated the Thinking Out Loud singer with get well messages after being left in shock by the news.
 
One fan tweeted: “Okay apparently the rumours are true and ed sheeran was hit by a car and I can’t believe what I’m hearing.”
 
Another wrote: “OMG! HOPE @edsheeran IS OKAY! THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS HE HAS BEEN HIT MY A CAR WHILST HE WAS ON HIS BIKE PRAYERS ARE WILL YOU.”
 
Sheeran is due to kick off the Asia leg of his tour in Tapei on October 22.
 
He will then perform in cities including Osaka, Seoul and Tokyo among others before heading to Malaysia and Thailand in November.
 
A representative for Sheeran declined to comment.

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That Time Barbara Walters Pushed Back at Corey Feldman for Calling Out Hollywood Abusers

A years-old clip of actor Corey Feldman on “The View” has resurfaced in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and people on Twitter are hailing Feldman for spotting the problem long before anyone else.
 
“There are people that were the people that did this to both me and Corey that are still working, they’re still out there, and that are some of the richest most powerful people in this business,” Feldman says in the 2013 clip. “And they do not want me saying what I am saying right now.”
 
“Are you saying they are pedophiles and that they are still in this business?” then-host Barbara Walters asked. “Yes,” Feldman replied.
 
Feldman later said in the video that parents who want to put their children in the industry should do so carefully, without “naïveté.”
 
“You’re damaging an entire industry,” Walters told Feldman. TheWrap reached out to Walters’ rep for comment and did not immediately hear back.
 
After the video resurfaced over the weekend, Feldman tweeted clarification that the man who sexually abused him as a child was not Weinstein.

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Tom Hanks Calls BS On Harvey Weinstein's Apology

Tom Hanks is the latest actor to speak out against Harvey Weinstein after numerous women have come forward claiming the producer sexually assaulted or harassed them. 
 
In an interview with The New York Times, Hanks, who’s never worked with Weinstein, shared his thoughts on why so many in Hollywood seemingly protected the Miramax co-founder when they were aware of his behavior. He also called BS on Weinstein’s bizarre statement addressing the allegations, in which the producer claimed his conduct was a result of growing up in the ’60s and ’70s. 
 
“Well, that’s a really good question and isn’t it part and parcel to all of society somehow, that people in power get away with this?” Hanks told the outlet. “Look, I don’t want to rag on Harvey but so obviously something went down there. You can’t buy, ‘Oh, well, I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s and so therefore. ...’ I did, too. So I think it’s like, well, what do you want from this position of power? I know all kinds of people that just love hitting on, or making the lives of underlings some degree of miserable, because they can.”
 
“Somebody great said this, either Winston Churchill, Immanuel Kant or Oprah: ‘When you become rich and powerful, you become more of what you already are,’” he continued. 
 
“So I would say, there’s an example of how that’s true. Just because you’re rich and famous and powerful doesn’t mean you aren’t in some ways a big fat ass. Excuse me, take away ‘fat.’ I’m not the first person to say Harvey’s a bit of an ass. Poor Harvey — I’m not going to say poor Harvey, Jesus. Isn’t it kind of amazing that it took this long? I’m reading it and I’m thinking ‘You can’t do that to Ashley Judd! Hey, I like her. Don’t do that. That ain’t fair. Not her, come on. Come on!’”
 
Hanks joins the growing list of actors, including Rose McGowan, Asia Argento, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Glenn Close and Ryan Gosling, among others, who’ve condemned Weinstein’s actions. 
 
As the allegations continue to surface, Weinstein is deservedly facing consequences. The producer was fired from his production company, The Weinstein Company, which reportedly plans on changing its name. It’s also been reported that TWC will remove Weinstein’s executive producer credit from future TV and film projects. Aside from that, Weinstein’s wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, has decided to leave her husband, and the NYPD has opened a criminal investigation into Weinstein regarding a 2004 sexual assault.

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Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas Announce Engagement On Instagram

Sansa Stark finally landed a decent guy.
 
“Game of Thrones” actress Sophie Turner, 21, and musician Joe Jonas, 28, announced their engagement Sunday in matching Instagram posts. 
 
Underneath a simple photo of the couple’s hands, Turner wrote, “I said yes.” Included in the photo is Turner’s new engagement ring. Jonas shared the same photo, writing “she said yes.”
 
Jonas, currently the lead singer of pop group DNCE, and Turner have been dating since late 2016, according to People. In January, she shared a photo of Jonas on Instagram, writing “Miami Daze” as the caption.
 
Jonas’ younger brother, Nick, congratulated the pair on Twitter.
 
“I love you both so much,” he wrote.
 
Nick Jonas ?@nickjonas
Ahh! Congratulations to my brother... and sister in law to be on your engagement. I love you both so much. @joejonas @SophieT
2:10 PM - Oct 15, 2017
 
Jonas skyrocketed to fame as one third of The Jonas Brothers with real-life brothers Kevin and Nick, who starred in the Disney Channel film “Camp Rock” alongside a young Demi Lovato. 
 
In July, the actress told Marie Claire that dating a super popular star has its disadvantages.
 
“You do feel like you’re living in a fishbowl,” she said. “It’s frustrating [that] it’s the most mundane things that make the news — how boring! There are really no other headlines?”

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Hilarie Burton, Rose McGowan Slam Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck got a lot of heat for staying silent about the alleged behavior of his longtime collaborator and friend Harvey Weinstein, but he got even more blowback after he tweeted that the sexual harassment allegations were "unacceptable" and made him "sick." Twitter users were quick to remind Affleck that he once groped former MTV VJ Hilarie Burton on "TRL" in 2003. 
 
One Twitter user wrote that Affleck "grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though." Burton responded, "I didn't forget." She also tweeted, "I was a kid," and said, "I had to laugh back then so I wouldn't cry."
 
Shanice Brim @ShaniceBrim
Replying to @naimaism
He also grabbed Hilarie Burton's breasts on TRL once. Everyone forgot though.
 
Hilarie Burton ?@HilarieBurton
I didn't forget.
7:45 PM - Oct 10, 2017
 
In 2003, Burton was interviewing Affleck, who appears intoxicated in the footage. He puts his arm around her on camera and grabs her left breast as Burton looks shocked and laughs. 
 
On Wednesday, Affleck tweeted, "I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize."
 
Ben Affleck ?@BenAffleck
I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize
1:26 PM - Oct 11, 2017
 
Another old clip from 2004, when Affleck was promoting "Jersey Girl," shows him grabbing a French-Canadian interviewer around the waist and hugging her, saying, "They would like it better if you did this show topless at this station, wouldn't they? ... Get those t**ties out." 
 
Rose McGowan, one of the women who accused Weinstein of misconduct — and according to The New York Times, received a settlement from him in 1997 — called Affleck a liar for saying he was unaware of the behavior at the time. Affleck and McGowan appeared in two movies together at about that time.
 
She tweeted at Affleck: "'GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT' you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie."
 
rose mcgowan ?@rosemcgowan
@benaffleck “GODDAMNIT! I TOLD HIM TO STOP DOING THAT” you said that to my face. The press conf I was made to go to after assault. You lie.
4:25 PM - Oct 10, 2017
 
A New Yorker exposé, published Tuesday, detailed allegations not just of sexual harassment but of three incidents involving rape. Actress Asia Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans went on the record to allege Weinstein forced himself on them sexually. 
 
A representative for Weinstein vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the magazine.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Breaks His Silence On Harvey Weinstein

Leonardo DiCaprio has broken his silence on the slew of allegations waged against producer Harvey Weinstein.
 
In a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday, DiCaprio said, “There is no excuse for sexual harassment or sexual assault— no matter who you are and no matter what profession.” 
 
The actor also praised the women who have spoken out against the Miramax co-founder and his history of sexual predation, but he noticeably did not mention Weinstein by name.
 
“I applaud the strength and courage of the women who came forward and made their voices heard,” he added.
 
The statement seemingly comes in response to stories from both the The New York Times and The New Yorker detailing disturbing allegations of sexual assault and abuse against Weinstein. 
 
DiCaprio, who worked with the producer on films such as “The Aviator,” “Django Unchained,” and “Gangs of New York,” joins in a chorus of A-listers, former Weinstein collaborators and public figures condemning Weinstein’s alleged behavior, including Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, and the Obamas. 
 
Weinstein has since been fired from his production company, and his wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, has announced she is leaving him.

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Pregnant Kylie Jenner Got Dumped by Baby Daddy Travis Scott

It's every pregnant woman's worst nightmare: having your baby daddy walk out on you. Unfortunately, that's what happened to our girl Kylie Jenner! An insider told In Touch exclusively that the 20-year-old makeup mogul thought she was starting her perfect family when she got pregnant with rapper Travis Scott, but that all came crashing down when he dumped her! 
 
Kylie has only been dating Travis since April, so it makes sense that he would feel a little (or a lot) freaked out by suddenly having the responsibilities of being a father. "He went in to a state of shock," explained the source. "Things were moving way too fast for him."
 
However, now Kylie is the shocked one. "[She] can't take the embarrassment of being walked out on while pregnant," explained the insider. "She's devastated." However, this may not be the end for them. Many friends think he will come back once he cools down, and despite all the drama, the source added, "Travis loves Kylie."
 
Travis also has Kylie's family and lifestyle to worry about. "He's concerned about officially becoming part of the Kardashian clan, and is terrified of being the next victim of the Kardashian curse," said the friend. "Travis feels pressured to be on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but it's just not his thing. He's the total opposite of Tyga, who'd do anything to be in front of the camera promoting himself." If you ask us, that's a good thing. Kanye West is rarely on the show, and that seems to help keep his relationship with Kim Kardashian healthy.
 
At this point, Kylie isn't exactly thrilled with her family, either. "She feels overwhelmed right now, but Kylie doesn't want to talk to her family about it because they judge her," said the source. "She doesn't want her family to say 'I told you so,' They feel this all went way too fast, and that her relationship with Travis is a mistake." Mistake or not, this baby incoming, so Travis better man up and be there for his baby mama!

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"Blade Runner 2049" Tops Box Office But Falls Short Of Expectations

LOS ANGELES — "Blade Runner 2049" topped the box office over the weekend, but after months of buzz and anticipation, the sci-fi sequel fell short of box office expectations.
 
Despite positive reviews and certified star-power in Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, the dystopian thriller took in $32.7 million during its debut weekend, which hardly makes a dent in its reported $150 million budget.
 
The adventure romance "The Mountain Between Us," debuted in second place with $10.5 million. It stars Kate Winslet and Idris Elba as strangers who develop a relationship after their charter plane crash lands in the mountains.
 
"My Little Pony: The Movie" opened in fourth place with $8.9 million.
 
The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:
 
1. "Blade Runner 2049," Warner Bros., $32,753,122, 4,058 locations, $8,071 average, $32,753,122, 1 Week.
 
2. "The Mountain Between Us," 20th Century Fox, $10,551,336, 3,088 locations, $3,417 average, $10,551,336, 1 Week.
 
3. "It," Warner Bros., $9,972,002, 3,605 locations, $2,766 average, $305,250,480, 5 Weeks.
 
4. "My Little Pony: The Movie," Lionsgate, $8,885,899, 2,528 locations, $3,515 average, $8,885,899, 1 Week.
 
5. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," 20th Century Fox, $8,675,412, 3,488 locations, $2,487 average, $80,539,837, 3 Weeks.
 
6. "American Made," Universal, $8,446,715, 3,031 locations, $2,787 average, $30,818,675, 2 Weeks.
 
7. "The Lego Ninjago Movie," Warner Bros., $7,002,474, 3,611 locations, $1,939 average, $44,076,137, 3 Weeks.
 
8. "Victoria And Abdul," Focus Features, $4,171,870, 732 locations, $5,699 average, $5,987,264, 3 Weeks.
 
9. "Flatliners," Sony, $3,975,021, 2,552 locations, $1,558 average, $12,504,623, 2 Weeks.
 
10. "Battle of The Sexes," Fox Searchlight, $2,562,066, 1,822 locations, $1,406 average, $7,839,641, 3 Weeks.
 
11. "MET Opera: Norma (2017)," Fathom Events, $1,500,000, 900 locations, $1,667 average, $1,500,000, 1 Week.
 
12. "American Assassin," Lionsgate, $1,388,305, 1,656 locations, $838 average, $34,449,582, 4 Weeks.
 
13. "Til Death Do Us Part," Novus Content, $762,125, 481 locations, $1,584 average, $2,668,754, 2 Weeks.
 
14. "The Stray," Quality Flix, $596,547, 640 locations, $932 average, $596,547, 1 Week.
 
15. "Home Again," Open Road, $568,000, 1,003 locations, $566 average, $26,353,346, 5 Weeks.
 
16. "A Question of Faith," Pure Flix, $453,717, 608 locations, $746 average, $1,788,973, 2 Weeks.
 
17. "mother!," Paramount, $387,753, 481 locations, $806 average, $17,297,289, 4 Weeks.
 
18. "Judwaa 2," Fox International Productions, $312,250, 192 locations, $1,626 average, $1,184,239, 2 Weeks.
 
19. "Despicable Me 3," Universal, $289,605, 304 locations, $953 average, $262,637,975, 15 Weeks.
 
20. "Stronger," Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions, $277,809, 335 locations, $829 average, $3,770,182, 3 Weeks.

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Frankie Muniz doesn't remember being on 'Malcom in the Middle'

"Malcolm in the Middle" aired for six years from 2000 to 2006, but it seems that its main star, Frankie Muniz, needs YouTube to really remember he was even there.
 
In fact, he doesn't remember a lot of major moments of his life.
 
Frankie, who currently appears on "Dancing With The Stars," said 2017 is his most memorable year to date.
 
"Most people would think that my most memorable year would be the year 'Malcolm in the Middle' started because it allowed me to live all these dreams of mine," he said on the ABC show. "I've gotten to really do anything I've wanted to do, but the truth is I really don't remember much of that."
 
After the popular show, Franzie raced cars and drummed in a rock band.
 
"It almost feels like it wasn't me. There's no negative feelings, I just don't necessarily remember," he said.
 
Frankie was actually nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy in 2000, and he was nominated for an Emmy for best actor in a comedy in 2001.
 
The actor is unaware of how his memory loss started, but said he's had "nine concussions and a fair amount of mini-strokes."
 
"I'm not saying that those things correlate exactly to the reason why my memory's not great, but I guess if you think about it it could be," he said.
 
His memory loss is so severe that this girlfriend writes down everything that they do so he can go back and look.
 
Still, he stresses that he's still happy with the way his life has turned out.

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Harvey Weinstein's Wife Georgina Chapman Announces She's Leaving Him Amid Sexual Assault Scandal

Georgia Chapman is leaving her husband of 10 years, Harvey Weinstein, amid the ongoing sexual assault allegations around him.
 
The Marchesa designer revealed the news in a brief statement to People on Tuesday night.
 
"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," Chapman said. "I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time."
 
Chapman, 41, and Weinstein, 65, share children India Pearl, 7, and Dashiell Max Robert, 4, and wed back in 2007.
 
The news comes after days of mounting allegations against her husband, which started at the end of last week's explosive New York Times report that detailed his decades of alleged sexual harassment of young women and continued to come to a head on Tuesday when the New Yorker published another bombshell report claiming that Weinstein raped three women, among other allegations.
 
Chapman had initially "100 percent" stood behind her husband, who was fired from his post at The Weinstein Company on Sunday night after an initial suspension. 
 
Many big names have come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, including major actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowen, Angelina Jolie and Mira Sorvino, among others.
 
Other Hollywood figures closely connected with Weinstein over the years, including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench and more have come forward condemning the behavior while largely acknowledging that they didn't know that any of it was going on. Other reports allege that Weinstein's behavior was a commonly-known secret in the industry.
 
Following the split reports on Tuesday night, TMZ reported that Weinstein was boarding a private jet to seek treatment for sex addiction in Europe. The outlet claims to have talked to sources that say the producer is hoping for an eventual second chance in the industry he had such a large impact on.

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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis' kids aren't getting Christmas presents

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have long said they will not have spoiled children -- and they mean it.
 
The "Bad Moms" star spoke to "Entertainment Tonight" about her family's surprising Christmas traditions.
 
"So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids. We're instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] 1, it doesn't really matter. Last year when we celebrated Christmas, [our daughter] Wyatt was 2 and it was too much. We didn't give her anything -- it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don't even know what they're expecting; they're just expecting stuff," the mom to Wyatt, 3, and Dmitri, 10 months, explained. 
 
The 34 year old said that she and her husband asked their parents not to go overboard with their children and preferably only give them one gift. "Otherwise, we'd like to take a charitable donation, to the Children's Hospital or a pet [or] whatever you want.' That's our new tradition," she said.
 
As for the holiday traditions Mila had while growing up, she explained she was raised Jewish in Russia, and it wasn't until her family came to the U.S. that they began embracing Christmas.
 
"We come to America and we're like, 'Christmas is so inclusive,'" she recalled. "We literally bought a Christmas tree. So as far as tradition goes, my family's big on any excuse to get the family together and get drunk. Whether it's Easter, which we've now all accepted into our Jewish household, or Christmas, it doesn't matter. It's all family time, but having kids, we're building up our own little versions of tradition."
 
Last summer, Mila expressed the importance of raising her children not to be a------s during an interview with "The Kyle and Jackie O Show."
 
"It's a matter of teaching them from a very early age that, you know, 'Mommy and Daddy may have a dollar, but you're poor,'" she joked. "'You are very poor. You have nothing. Mommy and Daddy have a bank account.'"
 
She added that both she and Ashton grew up poor. "[We] are very aware of what a dollar is worth," she explained. "Nothing's been handed to us."

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Leaked Email: Here's Lisa Bloom Teasing Stories That Undermine Harvey Weinstein's Accusers

Last Thursday, after the New York Times reported on decades of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, attorney Lisa Bloom emailed the Weinstein Company’s board of directors about her client. “This is the worst day,” she wrote in an email provided to HuffPost by a recipient.
 
Bloom, who criticized the “largely false and defamatory” story, is known for defending women against a number of high-profile alleged harassers, including Bill O’Reilly and Bill Cosby. Bloom was an adviser on Weinstein’s legal team when she sent the email, but resigned Saturday as sexual harassment allegations escalated.
 
She wrote:
 
“This is the worst day.
 
This is the day the New York Times came out with a largely false and defamatory piece, in a major violation of journalistic ethics, giving only two days to respond to dozens of allegations, and then refusing to include information about eyewitnesses and documents negating many of the claims.
 
Tomorrow there will be more and different reporting, highlighting inaccuracies, including photos of several of the accusers in very friendly poses with Harvey after his alleged misconduct.
 
On Monday Harvey’s defamation lawsuit will be filed where the New York Times will be forced to answer: what was the rush? Why was information favorable to Harvey not included? Why weren’t accusers’ inconsistencies not included? And much more.
 
In the coming days this thing will shake down in one direction or another.
 
This is not the time to make a decision about Harvey. It is the time for Harvey to take a break, get some help, and lay low. The board should make major decisions after full information, not based on one very flawed hit piece.” 
 
But on Friday, the day after Bloom told the board that “different reporting” featuring “photos of several of the accusers in very friendly poses with Harvey” would be forthcoming, Bloom told HuffPost that her presence on Weinstein’s legal team could be good for his accusers.
 
If she weren’t working for Weinstein, she said, it’s possible his legal team might attack his accusers, undermine “their credibility and release negative stories about them to the press.” This would “scare other women from coming forward, which has always been the way it’s been done before,” she said. “Would they be doing that? I don’t know, but that is the way attorneys handle these things and that’s not the way this is being handled.”
 
Despite the email to the board, HuffPost is not aware of any such stories being published.
 
In an email on Monday, Bloom told HuffPost, “There was absolutely no plan to go after accusers. What I meant [in the email] was that there is going to be a lot more coming because every media outlet in the world was reaching out to us with information and yes, photos.”
 
She continued:
 
“It was a whirlwind. I felt strongly that it was not the time to make a decision. It was time for Harvey to take a break, get help. The company should do an independent investigation and then make a decision. Which is what I have advocated in every case, whichever side I’ve been on. Fairness.
 
I did know that there were photos that some news organizations were considering running (or perhaps had already run), along with much more material. I did not release any photos to anyone and I didn’t plan any kind of strategy of releasing photos.
 
It’s astonishing to me that advocating for an investigation to get to the bottom of everything would be controversial.
 
I said publicly we weren’t going after accusers. Harvey said that too. When asked in interviews, I said only that they deserved respect. If I had this nefarious plan, it would have been easy to execute ? just hit send. Please. This is an insult to me and my life’s work for 31 years.”
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The Times reported on Saturday that Lance Maerov, a board member of Weinstein’s company, wrote in an email that “publishing pictures of victims in friendly poses with Harvey will backfire as it suggests they are exculpatory or negate any harm done to them through alleged actions.”
 
Bloom told HuffPost over the phone on Sunday, “I can’t be entirely sure why certain board members are choosing to publicly attack me. One theory is that everybody is going through a very stressful time and they have decided to choose me as their punching bag. Another theory would be that I have encouraged Harvey to apologize for [his actions] and they would have prefered I would not [have.]”
 
Bloom sent a second email to the board, which was obtained by HuffPost.
 
She wrote:
 
“Thank you and hello.
 
Agree: Harvey needs help and he has committed to getting it. He has apologized profusely and sincerely. He has asked to be judged by his actions going forward. He has hired me to smack him around, which I have been doing.
 
I have a great deal of experience in this field of both sexual harassment and crisis management and welcome the opportunity to give input in a calm, dispassionate manner. You are free to accept or reject my advice.
 
I do know what while Harvey clearly has a pattern of bad behavior, the New York Times refused to take into account eyewitness statements that disproved some of the more serious allegations, significant inconsistencies in some of the accusers’ stories, and documents that bear upon some of the stories. He was given only two days to respond to dozens of allegations spanning 30 years. I am sure his own company wants to approach this in a manner that is more fair. Bring in an outside investigator. Find out what really happened. Then decide appropriate consequences. And give this time to see whether he truly can get his anger under control.
 
There are no allegations in the last two years, and certainly none in the last year since I have been working with him.
 
I am available today in NYC if anyone wants to talk.”
After the initial New York Times article was published on Thursday, three of the Weinstein Company’s nine board members resigned.
 
The television journalist Lauren Sivan told HuffPost on Friday that in 2007, Weinstein trapped her in a restaurant hallway and masturbated in front of her into a potted plant.
 
On Sunday night, Weinstein was fired from the company he co-founded. In a statement, four of the remaining board members said they had made the decision “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days.”

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Ivana Trump says she is 'first lady'

President Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Trump, said she has a “direct number” to the White House, turned down the U.S. ambassadorship to the Czech Republic and takes “full credit” for raising the couple’s three children.
 
Those are just a few of the revelations Ivana Trump, 68, made in a sit-down interview with ABC News’ Amy Robach to promote her new memoir, “Raising Trump.”
 
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Ivana Trump said she speaks to her former husband about once every two weeks, and she has a "direct number" to the White House.
 
"I [don't] really want to call him there, because Melania is there," she said, referring to first lady Melania Trump. "And I don't want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I'm basically first Trump wife. OK? I'm first lady."
 
In response to the interview, a spokesperson for Melania Trump told ABC News the first lady is "honored by her role."
 
"Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President," the spokesperson said, referring to the couple's son. "She loves living in Washington, D.C., and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books. There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex. Unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise. "
 
Ivana Trump's book, set to be released Tuesday, documents Trump’s journey from growing up under Communist rule in the former Czechoslovakia to marrying a future U.S. president and raising their three children together -- Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump

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Tyrese Gibson says Dwayne Johnson caused "Fast and Furious 9" delay

Tyrese Gibson is accusing Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson of holding up the release date of "Fast and Furious 9." In a fiery Instagram post, the actor called out his cast mate. 
 
He wrote in a tone clearly meant to be sarcastic, "Congratulations to @TheRock and your brother in law aka 7 bucks producing partner @hhgarcia41 for making the fast and the furious franchise about YOU - And like you, DJ even if they call I will not be deleting this post - Gn folks see you in 2020 April." 
 
The movie was originally set for release on April 19, 2019 but has been postponed to April 10, 2020. "Fate of the Furious" was released in April, making this the longest gap between two "Furious" movies since "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," which was out in 2006, and 2009's "Fast & Furious." 
 
Gibson is alleging that Johnson is the reason for the delay because he is reportedly getting his own spinoff film. He continued in the post, "#FastFamily right? Nah..... It's about #TeamDewayne #3yrs will it be worth the wait?" He also made a dig at the underperformance of "Baywatch" at the box office and said, "will this be another #BayWatch?"
 
Gibson also stirred up social media drama with Johnson in September, when he begged Johnson not to take on the spinoff movie in a now-deleted Instagram comment. He wrote, "If you move forward with that #Hobbs Movie you will have purposely ignored the heart to heart moment we had in my sprinter. I don't wanna hear from you until you remember what we talked about. I'm on your timeline cause you're not responding to my text messages – #FastFamily is just that a family…….. We don't fly solo."
 

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Tina Fey's Daughter Saw 'Mean Girls' And Now Wants To Be Regina George

Evil might take human form in Regina George, but at least Tina Fey’s 6-year-old daughter sees something aspirational in the on-screen teen queen. 
 
The writer of the 2004 fan favorite stopped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Wednesday night and shed some light on her two children’s ongoing comedy education. Fey shares daughters Alice and Penelope with husband and composer Jeff Richmond.
 
While Fey’s older daughter couldn’t get past the opening episodes of “30 Rock” (“It’s just too weird to me”), her younger child immediately took a liking to “Mean Girls.” Fey brought her children along to rehearsals for the upcoming musical adaptation, which is set to open on Broadway in March 2018.
 
But instead of internalizing the lessons learned from the perils of popularity-seeking high schoolers, Penelope left with all the wrong takeaways. 
 
“She was going back to her preschool being like, ‘Let’s play ‘Mean Girls.’ I’m Regina. I yell at you. I’m a sassy teenager,” Fey told Meyers.
 
The “Great News” star tried to remind her daughter that at the story’s core there’s a positive message, but it was already too late. 
 
“I think that the takeaway is, be very careful about the work you create over the years,” Meyers joked, “because your children will one day take the wrong messages from it.” 
 

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Pink Slams Dr. Luke In Interview: 'He's Not A Good Person'

Pink’s opinion of Dr. Luke isn’t pretty.
 
The pop star was asked about Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, who has been embroiled in a legal battle with Kesha since 2014, in a recent interview for The New York Times.  Pink did not hold back.
 
“I don’t know what happened,” she said of Kesha’s allegations that the producer sexually and verbally abused her. “But I know that regardless of whether or not Dr. Luke did that, this is his karma and he earned it because he’s not a good person.”
 
Pink, who worked with Gottwald in 2006, didn’t stop there.
 
“I have told him that to his face and I do not work with him,” she continued. “He doesn’t do good business, he’s not a kind person, he doesn’t do the right thing when given ample opportunities to do so, and I don’t really feel that bad for him.”
 
Pink isn’t alone in airing her distaste for the Sony producer.
In September, Kelly Clarkson admitted that she refused a writing credit, passing up royalty money, because she didn’t want her name to appear next to his.

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2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees include Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Cars & Zombies

The nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2018 class have been revealed, and the list spans rock, rap, metal, jazz, R&B, prog and funk.
 
Of the 19 nominees, those appearing on the ballot for the first time include The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Nina Simone, Kate Bush, Judas Priest, Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
 
Also included are Bon Jovi, The Cars, The J. Geils Band, The Zombies, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Depeche Mode, The MC5, LL Cool J, Link Wray and The Meters.
 
"It's a remarkably diverse group of artists, and it's reflective of the diversity of rock 'n' roll," Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris tells ABC Radio. "We have a number of different eras, we have a number of different styles of music, and just a great balance. And any five out of this would make for a wonderful induction class."
 
Among the highest-profile -- and longest overlooked -- first-time nominees are The Moody Blues, who became eligible for induction back in 1989.
 
"[The Moody Blues are] hands down a very, very large fan favorite," notes Harris. "Much of the fan engagement has been about bands like this, and it's exciting to see them on the ballot for the first time."
 
As for another popular first-time nominee Dire Straits, Harris says, "What's remarkable is the way they bridge this beautiful musicality, jazz influences, with a real great sensibility. Mark Knopfler's a genius."
 
Starting October 5 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. ET on December 5, you can vote for your favorites at RockHall.com. The top five artists chosen by the public will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be included with the other ballots. The final inductees will be announced in December, determined by a voting body of more than 900 artists, music historians and music industry insiders.
 
The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held April 14 in Cleveland and will air on HBO.
 
Here's the full list of nominees:
 
Bon Jovi
Kate Bush
The Cars
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits
Eurythmics
J. Geils Band
Judas Priest
LL Cool J
MC5
The Meters
Moody Blues
Radiohead
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Link Wray
The Zombies

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'Glee' Actor Mark Salling Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

“Glee” star Mark Salling pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors as part of a plea deal on Wednesday, according to court documents obtained by Deadline. 
 
The 35-year-old actor could face four to seven years in prison followed by up to 20 years of supervised release. He must register as a sex offender and is banned from communication with anyone under age 18 without a legal guardian or parent present. Salling will also pay $50,000 in restitution to each victim who requested it.
 
The actor was arrested in December 2015 on suspicion of possessing “hundreds” of images plus two videos featuring underage girls on his personal computer after his ex-girlfriend reportedly alerted authorities. In fact, federal investigators discovered tens of thousands of pornographic images and hundreds of videos with children ages 2–6 on a hard drive, according to court documents. 
 
After his release, Salling will be restricted from going within 100 feet of schoolyards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds, video arcades or any place frequented by minors. He must also enroll in a sex offender treatment program.
 
The decision comes more than a year after Salling pleaded not guilty following a federal grand jury indictment on two counts of possessing child pornography. The trial, however, was delayed as he sought new legal representation. 
 
While the charges sent shockwaves through the “Glee” fandom at the time of his arrest, co-star and former girlfriend, Naya Rivera, wasn’t entirely surprised.
 
“He always was a very dark soul to me,” Rivera told Entertainment Tonight about Salling. “I just always felt like there was something he was wrestling with.”
 
HuffPost has reached out to Salling’s representatives for a statement and will update this post accordingly. 

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All 5 Living Ex-Presidents To Attend Hurricane Relief Concert

All five former living presidents will attend a concert in Texas to raise funds for relief from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation announced Wednesday.
 
The concert, called "Deep From the Heart," will be held at Texas A&M's Reed Arena on October 21 and will feature ALABAMA, Lyle Lovett, the Gatlin Brothers and Robert Earl Keen. The proceeds will benefit One America Appeal, which was launched on September 7 to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey.
 
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were featured in an ad for One America Appeal at the NFL's regular season opening broadcast on September 7.
 
One America Appeal will distribute funds to Houston Harvey Relief Fund, focusing on the greater Houston region; Rebuild Texas Fund, which distributes funds throughout the state; Florida Disaster Fund; Juntos y Unidos Por Puerto Rico, launched by the terrirtoy's first lady Beatriz Rossello and a private sector coalition; and The Fund for the Virgin Islands.

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Chip Gaines's Mom Sheds Light On Why 'Fixer Upper' Is Ending

Chip and Joanna Gaines offered their own reasons why “Fixer Upper” is ending after five seasons, and now Chip’s mom Gayle Gaines has some more intel. 
 
“[Chip and Joanna] earned some time to rest,” she told Closer Weekly. “They care very much about how their children turn out, and they are very well aware that spending time with them and investing in their lives is important.”
 
The duo, who have four kids, announced last week in a blog post that the upcoming season of their wildly popular HGTV show would be the last.
 
Chip was hit with a lawsuit by his former realty partners in April, and in July, Joanna shot down rumors that she was leaving the show to start a skincare line. In August, Chip responded to rumors the couple was divorcing, saying it “won’t ever happen.”
 
In their post, the Gaineses said the show is ending for only happy, personal reasons.
 
“Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger,” the post read. “This has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read. This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment.”
 
The Gaineses credit the strength of their 14-year marriage to cheering each other on and spending time together.
 
However, it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down much after “Fixer Upper” is done. This fall, they’re launching a home decor line at Target and opening a new rental house in Waco, Texas. They’re also writing a cookbook and opening a restaurant sometime this year, according to Eater.

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George Foreman Challenges Steven Seagal To Fight

Two-time world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman is ready to lace up his gloves one more time after letting loose a one-two combo on Twitter aimed at one-time action movie star and current Russian citizen Steven Seagal. "Steven Seagal, I challenge you," he tweeted Monday, "one on one, I use boxing. you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas." "Big George" added that he's "put this out there for a while" and he's "not trolling," while also clarifying it would be strictly hand to hand, "no weapons." Showing that it wasn't just a passing thought, Foreman again reiterated yesterday morning that he's serious about fighting "The Glimmer Man," saying, "This is true! I'm fighting just once more." Meanwhile, there's been no word from Seagal as to whether he's made an "Executive Decision" on the fight. It's unknown what exactly prompted the brouhaha between Foreman and Seagal.

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Julia Roberts Admits She Was A 'Selfish Little Brat' Until Meeting Husband

You don’t become a ’90s “it” girl without a little fame going to your head, and Julia Roberts isn’t afraid to admit it. 
 
Speaking with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. for the magazine’s November issue, the Academy Award winner reflected on her early days in Hollywood, when she was more focused on her career than playing nice. 
 
“I was my priority, a selfish little brat running around making films,” she said.
 
This adolescent phase didn’t last long, however, after she met husband and cinematographer Daniel Moder, whom she credits with inspiring a change within her. 
 
“It was meeting Danny…finding my person,” she said. “When I think about what makes my life my life, and makes sense and just shine inside of me, it’s him. Everything has come from that for me.”
 
The two have been married for 15 years after meeting on the set of her film “The Mexican” in 2000, while she was still with then-boyfriend Benjamin Bratt. Two years later, Roberts and Moder wed. They now have three children together: 12-year-old twins Hazel and Finn and a 10-year-old son, Henry.
 
That’s why she’s been keen on collaborating with Moder on a series of film and TV projects that include “Secret in Their Eyes,” “Fireflies in the Garden” and “The Normal Heart.”
 
“There’s comfort there, but also terror, which is a good combination,” she said of working with her spouse. “Terror because the person I want to impress most is looking right at me.”

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Kim Cattrall Drags Sarah Jessica Parker For Not Being Nice About 'SATC 3'

At least she didn’t do it by Post-it. 
 
The final “Sex and the City” movie might never see the light of day, but trust us when we tell you, Kim Cattrall dragging Sarah Jessica Parker IRL is far more entertaining than anything they could come up with for a sequel.  
 
Plans for a third film in the franchise were scrapped this month, according to series star Parker, who declared that the story of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda is officially over. 
 
“We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story,” she told Extra. “It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.” 
 
Reports circulated that Cattrall was responsible for the delay with rumors that her production demands on the studio were to blame. Now, the actress is speaking at length about her decision to step away from the franchise on Piers Morgan’s ITV show “Life Stories” to shut down any speculation about her “diva” behavior. 
 
Piers Morgan ?@piersmorgan
Fabulous #LifeStories interview with @KimCattrall last night.
She told me the REAL story re Sex & The City rumours. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4944718/Kim-Cattrall-slams-Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Sex-City-3.html …
10:42 AM - Oct 3, 2017
 
“At this very moment it’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ that I’m demanding or a diva,” Cattrall told Morgan, according to The Daily Mail. “And this is really where I take to task the people from ‘Sex and the City’ and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker, in that I think she could have been nicer.”
 
“I really think she could have been nicer,” she reiterated. “I don’t know what her issue is. I never have.” 
 
The two actresses have been long-rumored to have a feud, but Parker emphatically shut down suspicions during a taping of “The Howard Stern Show” back in 2016.
 
“It used to really confound me and really upset me,” Parker said of the rumors she didn’t get along with Cattrall. “Was everyday perfect? Were people always desperately hopelessly in love with each other? No. But this was a family of people who needed each other, relied on each other and loved each other.” 

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Dark Details On Las Vegas Shooter's Family History Come To Light

The brother of Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old gunman who opened fire on concertgoers during a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday night, has revealed disturbing information about their family history.
 
According to NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander, Eric Paddock has revealed that their father, Patrick Benjamin Paddock, was a bank robber who used to be on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
 
The Daily Intelligencer obtained an FBI poster dating back to 1969 that depicts a wanted man by the name of Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who was "diagnosed as psychopathic, has carried firearms in commission of bank robberies" and "reportedly has suicidal tendencies and should be considered armed and very dangerous."
 
According to the El Paso Times, Benjamin Paddock, who was known as "Chrome Dome" for his shaved head, was captured in 1978 while running a bingo parlor in Oregon.
 
Stephen Paddock's siblings say they were completely stunned to learn that their brother had committed the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, referring to him as "just a guy" who was retired and liked to gamble. 
 
“Mars just fell into the earth,” Eric Paddock told NBC News. “We’re completely dumbfounded.”

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Lady Gaga, other stars call for tighter gun control after Las Vegas mass shooting

Celebrities used social media to speak out against gun violence in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting that left at least 59 people dead at an outdoor music festival. Stars like Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, whose Manchester, U.K., concert was the site of a deadly attack in May, called for gun control to prevent another attack. 
 
Lady Gaga urged people to refer to the shooting as "terrorism." She tweeted, "This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now #guncontrol."
 
xoxo, Gaga ?@ladygaga
This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion. Democrats & Republicans please unite now #guncontrol ????????
11:16 AM - Oct 2, 2017
 
Authorities are not calling the mass shooting, which left more than 500 people injured, an act of terrorism.
 
Two law enforcement sources told CBS News that there does not appear to be a connection to terrorism at this time, and FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse confirmed at a news conference Monday that the gunman had no known connection to any international terrorist group.
 
The gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, was found dead at the scene when a SWAT team closed in. Investigators are still trying to discern Paddock's motive.
 
Lady Gaga also called out House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump and said the country needs new gun control legislation.
 
xoxo, Gaga ?@ladygaga
Prayers are important but @SpeakerRyan @realDonaldTrump blood is on the hands of those who have power to legislate. #GunControl act quickly. https://twitter.com/speakerryan/status/914859094472785920 …
11:22 AM - Oct 2, 2017
 
Grande made similar comments, labeling the shooting "terrorism" and calling for gun control. It has been more than four months since a suicide bomber killed 22 people at her May 22 concert at Manchester Arena.
 
Ariana Grande ?@ArianaGrande
My heart is breaking for Las Vegas. We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.
12:17 PM - Oct 2, 2017
 
Caleb Keeter, guitarist for Josh Abbott Band, was there when a gunman opened fire from the 32nd floor the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, targeting concertgoers as country music star Jason Aldean performed at the end of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival.
 
Keeter said the shooting has completely changed his position on gun rights.
 
He wrote in a statement on Twitter: "I've been a proponent of the 2nd Amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with [concealed handgun licenses], and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless ... We need gun control RIGHT. NOW. My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn't realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it."
 
Caleb Keeter ?@Calebkeeter
11:20 AM - Oct 2, 2017
 
In a subsequent tweet, he responded to a critic who faulted him for opposing gun control in the past.
 
"You are all absolutely correct. I saw this happening for years and did nothing. But I'd like to do what I can now," Keeter wrote.
 
Other stars also added their voices to the call for tighter gun control.
 
Macy Gray ?@MacyGraysLife
The Las Vegas shooting is the saddest. Praying for the victims and their families. Please lets do SOMETHING about gun control.
9:22 AM - Oct 2, 2017
 
Michelle Branch ?@michellebranch
Heartbroken hearing about Las Vegas. Sad to live in a world where going to see a concert can end in gun fire. We need gun control now.
9:16 AM - Oct 2, 2017
 
Boris Kodjoe ?@BorisKodjoe
My heart hurts for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Think it's time to talk gun control yet? #EnoughIsEnough
10:18 AM - Oct 2, 2017

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Tom Petty Dead At 66

Tom Petty, who with his band The Heartbreakers and as solo artist became one of the most acclaimed and beloved rock artists of the past 40 years, has died at age 66.
 
"On behalf of the Tom Petty family we are devastated to announce the untimely death of of our father, husband, brother, leader and friend Tom Petty," said Tony Dimitriades, longtime manager of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, in a statement. "He suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu in the early hours of this morning and was taken to UCLA Medical Center but could not be revived. He died peacefully at 8:40 p.m. PT surrounded by family, his band mates and friends."
 
Petty was born in Gainesville, Florida, and as a teenager he dropped out of high school to focus on playing music. With his early band Mudcrutch, which featured future Heartbreakers members guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1975.
 
After that band broke up, Petty, Campbell, Tench, bassist Ron Blair and drummer Stan Lynch formed Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1975, and the group released their eponymous album the next year. They went on to put out 15 additional studio albums over the years that yielded such enduring hits as "I Need to Know," "Listen to Her Heart," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Refugee," "Here Comes My Girl," "The Waiting," "You Got Lucky," and "Don't Come Around Here No More."
 
Tom also mounted a successful solo career, highlighted in 1989 by the release of Full Moon Fever, which has sold five million copies in the U.S. and featured the hits "Free Fallin'," "I Won't Back Down" and "Runnin' Down a Dream." In addition, Petty was a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, alongside George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne.
 
Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999 and, in 2002 they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Earlier this year, Petty was honored with an all-star tribute as the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year.
 
Petty and the Heartbreakers most recently had mounted a lengthy 40th anniversary tour that wrapped up on September 25 in L.A. On September 29, he posted a message thanking his fans for supporting The Heartbreakers for 40 years. His songs, he told ABC News, meant the world to him.
 
"They're magic, you know," he said. "Songs are gifts from God."
 
Petty is survived by his wife of 16 years, Dana York Epperson, and two daughters from a previous marriage, Adria and AnnaKim Violette.

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At Least 20 Killed At Shooting Rampage At Las Vegas Concert

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 100 others before the shooter was killed by police.
 
Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.
 
"We have no idea what his belief system was," he said. "Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static."
 
Authorities were seeking a woman they named as Marilou Danley, he said. He gave no details of whether she was suspected of involvement in the attack but described her as an "associate."
 
He said rumors of other shootings or explosives such as car bombs in the area were false.
 
Las Vegas is a major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping and nightlife, which would have been packed at time the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m. (0400 GMT).
 
And police said the toll may yet rise: "I don't want to give you an accurate number because I don't have it yet," Lombardo said.
 
The shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.
 
U.S. media, including Fox News, reported that Aldean was performing when the rampage began but that he had been bundled safely off stage at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling mecca. CNN reported all the artists were safe.
 
Lombardo said the gunfire came from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, where the gunman was killed.
 
Police have disclosed no information that would suggest a motive for the shooting or revealed the identify of the suspect.
 
Even so, the rampage was reminiscent of a mass shooting at a Paris rock concert in November 2015 that killed 89 people, part of a coordinated attack by Islamist militants that left 130 dead.
 
A witness named Christine told CNN both she and her husband had separately taken shooting victims to two hospitals, the University Medical Center and the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.
 
"The shots just kept coming," she said. "Everyone was telling us 'run, run as fast as you can'."
 
Off-duty police were believe to be among the victims, the sheriff said.
 
The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels.
 
The Mandalay Bay hotel is near McCarran International Airport, which said on Twitter it had temporarily halted flights after the shooting. Later, the airport said that some flights had resumed.

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Lionel Richie And Luke Bryan Confirmed As New "American Idol" Judges

After weeks -- nay, months -- of speculation, it's finally official: Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be joining Katy Perry at the judges' table on ABC's reboot of American Idol.
 
Lionel's name had been in the mix almost from the very beginning, while Luke's name has been thrown around for the past couple of weeks.  The panel can now boast a bonafide R&B/pop legend, a red-hot current pop star, and a country music superstar.  All three judges will appear on ABC's Good Morning America on October 4.
 
“I’m excited at the chance to help some deserving artists reach their dreams,” says Luke in a statement. “To be in a position in my career to help facilitate this along with the other judges is just a complete honor. It’s gonna be a blast!”
 
Lionel adds, "I am very excited to be joining Katy, Luke and Ryan [Seacrest] on American Idol. As a singer, songwriter and producer, I feel I can bring a great deal of experience to the table. It’s going to be so much fun!”
 
Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, states, "In their respective genres of music, both Luke and Lionel possess insurmountable popularity and award-winning talent that are undeniable, and we are lucky that they will help in paving the way for hopefuls pursuing their dreams on our stage.”
 
The new American Idol is set to debut on ABC sometime in 2018.

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Hugh Hefner To Be Buried Next To Marilyn Monroe

Nearly 64 years after Marilyn Monroe appeared on the cover of the first Playboy magazine, famed publisher Hugh Hefner will be reuniting with the iconic actress, in spirit.
 
Hefner, who died at the age of 91 on Wednesday, will be buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles next to Monroe in the same mausoleum, ET has learned. 
 
Hefner famously bought the crypt adjacent to the "Some Like It Hot" star 25 years ago for $75,000. 
 
The Playboy founder will be joining several other huge stars who are buried at the secluded cemetery, including Truman Capote, James Coburn, Rodney Dangerfield, Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor, Merv Griffin, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood and Farrah Fawcett, to name just a few.
 
Hefner died surrounded by family at the iconic Playboy Mansion, and his son, Cooper Hefner, released touching statement reflecting on his father's legacy.
 
"My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," said Cooper, who currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at Playboy Enterprises. 
 
"He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history," Cooper added. "He will be greatly missed by many."
 
Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, and four grown children: Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years, David, Marston and Cooper.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals She Has Breast Cancer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed to fans Thursday that she has breast cancer. The Emmy-winning "Veep" star tweeted, "Just when you thought...," alongside a statement.
 
"1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one," the statement said.
 
Louis-Dreyfus, who recently announced that her HBO comedy "Veep" is coming to a close, made Emmy history earlier this month when she won her sixth straight outstanding lead actress in a comedy series Emmy for her role as Selina Meyer. 
 
She has also taken home Emmys for her roles in "Seinfeld" and "The New Adventures of Old Christine."
 
On Thursday, she said she was grateful to have resources, and support from loved ones.
 
"The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union," she wrote. 
 
She also used her diagnosis to call for universal health care, as the issue of health care reform remains a hot topic. 
 
"The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality," she continued. 
 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ?@OfficialJLD
Just when you thought...
1:15 PM - Sep 28, 2017
 
"Veep" will come to an end in 2018 when it wraps its seventh season. Earlier in September, Louis-Dreyfus tweeted, "It's true BUT don't despair cuz we still have a whole season 7 to write and film." She also told the Hollywood reporter at the time, "We don't want to repeat ourselves or wear out our welcome. The story has a finality to it that feels end-of-series."
 
Olivia Newton-John's breast cancer return sparks questions about recurrence
Louis-Dreyfus is well loved by her co-stars. Tony Hale, who plays her aide Gary, told "CBS This Morning" of the actress, "Whoever's number one on the call sheet, who's the star, sets the tone. And she's so giving and kind and a team player -- and that makes a massive difference."
 
Many of Louis-Dreyfus' famous friends responded to the news with supportive messages. 
 
ROSIE ?@Rosie
sending love to Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer diagnosis http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/julia-louis-dreyfus-reveals-breast-cancer-diagnosis_us_59cd2ffce4b0f18c4e3cddd6?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004 … #BEwell
 
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ?@jessetyler
Love you @OfficialJLD & love you for using this difficult time to shed light on those less fortunate. You are class act my friend. https://twitter.com/officialjld/status/913452227104202752 …
2:30 PM - Sep 28, 2017
 
Official Wanda Sykes ?@iamwandasykes
Replying to @OfficialJLD
Love you Julia. You got this.
2:18 PM - Sep 28, 2017
 
Tatiana Maslany ?@tatianamaslany
Replying to @OfficialJLD @tim_baltz
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2:19 PM - Sep 28, 2017
 
Roma Downey ?@RealRomaDowney
Replying to @OfficialJLD
Sending you love and light and prayers of support ????
2:02 PM - Sep 28, 2017
 
Louis-Dreyfus is not the only celebrity to go public with her battle against breast cancer. Shannon Doherty, Giuliana Rancic and Olivia Newton-John have all battled cancer. Doherty, who has been in remission since April, returned to work in August. Rancic celebrated her fifth year of being cancer-free in December. Newton-John, whose cancer was in remission for 25 years, announced in May that her cancer was back and canceled her June tour. 

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Kim Kardashian Confirms She And Kanye West Are Expecting Baby No. 3

Finally! Kim Kardashian has confirmed that she and her husband, Kanye West, are expecting their third child together. It’s been reported for months that the couple will welcome their baby via surrogate.
 
On Thursday, Kim shared a promo video for Season 14 of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” in which she’s seen telling her sister Khloe, “We’re having a baby!” 
 
“Season 14 is gonna be wild,” the reality star tweeted. “Tune in this Sunday!!!” 
 
Kim Kardashian West ?@KimKardashian
Season 14 is gonna be wild. Tune in this Sunday!!! #KUWTK
 
The news initially broke back in June, when TMZ reported that the couple had hired a surrogate as health concerns made it too risky for Kim to have another child herself. 
 
The outlet said Kimye found their surrogate through an agency and paid her $45,000 over 10 months. The couple also reportedly agreed to pay $5,000 for each additional baby (if there is more than one) and $4,000 if the surrogate loses any reproductive organs. 
 
The baby is said to be due in January 2018, according to TMZ.
 
Over the past few months, Kim and Kanye, who are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, nearly 2, kept quiet about the subject. 
 
However, in September, People reported the couple’s surrogate was definitely pregnant. 
 
“The entire family is over the moon. Kim had been looking for a surrogate for months until recently when she found the perfect candidate,” the source said. “Given her health scares in the past, Kim felt the need to hire a surrogacy agency that helped serve as the liaison in finding a healthy woman who would be a great surrogate option for her and Kanye. Both of them have been super involved in the process.”
 
Kim did address the initial rumors in September during New York Fashion Week, telling E! News, “I think when we’re ready to talk about it we will, and I think it’s super invasive when people are just ... So many details out there, and like I’ve never heard this, I’ve never heard this. Like whatever. We have not confirmed it, and that’s that. I’ll let you know when we’re ready.”
 
Over the years, Kim has been very open about her various fertility struggles; she suffered from preeclampsia while pregnant with North, and placenta accreta throughout both pregnancies. Kim also once famously called pregnancy “the worst experience of my life.”
 
During one episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” last year, the 36-year-old told her mother, Kris Jenner, that she wanted to “explore surrogacy.” In a later episode, she said she wanted to try having the baby herself, despite the potential health risks associated with placenta accreta. She even underwent uterine surgery in an attempt to get pregnant a third time, but the procedure was unsuccessful. 
 
HuffPost has reached out to Kim’s rep for more information and will update this post accordingly. 

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Brett Ratner Is Determined To Save The Movie Industry From Rotten Tomatoes

Earlier this year, Brett Ratner made headlines when he argued that Rotten Tomatoes “is the destruction” of the movie business.
 
Ever since, the review aggregator site, which assigns a score to films, has been the source of a lot of debate, resulting in plenty of questions posed by both the film industry and moviegoers alike. Does a film with a low score mean it will bomb at the box office? Or is Hollywood just blaming the site for its blockbuster flops?
 
Ratner, for one, is still not a fan of the divisive website, which labels movies with a green or red tomato based on critics’ reviews. The filmmaker behind such films as “Rush Hour” and “X-Men: The Last Stand,” clarified his stance in an interview with HuffPost ahead of the Concert For Charlottesville on Sunday. 
 
“I’m not a fan, not just because of the impact it has on me. It’s just the impact it has on the business. It wasn’t a personal thing,” he said of his earlier comments at the Sun Valley Film Festival. “It’s a complicated thing.”
 
Ratner, 48, also revealed that he wants to help “fix” what he claims Rotten Tomatoes has done to the industry.
 
“I think there’s a way to fix it, and hopefully I’m going to be one of the people that they ask to try to help figure it out,” he said. 
 
A longtime player in the film industry, Ratner got his start directing music videos in the late 1980s, eventually moving to the big screen as both a director and producer. 
 
“I grew up with film criticism, and there was an art to film criticism itself and it was inspiring for me to read a review of an important critic. It was thought-provoking. It didn’t make me not want to go to the movies,” Ratner said. “If it was a bad review it actually made me want to go see this opinion because it came from an intellectual perspective. It wasn’t just, ‘Let me just slam a movie.’ Now it’s all about a number. It’s just the nature of the world we’re in now. It’s like ... you have a low Rotten Tomatoes score, kids or people don’t want to see the movie. That’s where I thought there could be some change there.”
 
Ratner doesn’t think the site should come down though. “There is probably a place for it,” he said.

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Kim Kardashian Goes In On 'Liar' And 'Not A Good Person' Caitlyn Jenner

The Kardashians are seriously working overtime. 
 
If the prospect of multiple KarJenner pregnancies wasn’t enough to make you tune into the family’s carnival show, aka “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” Kim Kardashian dragging Caitlyn Jenner within an inch of her life might just do it.
 
Remember, relations between the two have been frostier than an ice cold Pepsi (no, Kendall, that won’t make this better) ever since the release of Jenner’s controversial memoir, which ex-wife Kris alleged was “all made up.”
 
In a sneak peek during this Sunday’s Season 14 premiere, the book is still causing all the drama, but this time it’s revolving around how Jenner described Robert Kardashian’s motives for defending one-time client O.J. Simpson.
 
“It says in Caitlyn’s book Robert Kardashian knew O.J. Simpson was guilty, but joined the defense team to get back at his re-married ex,” Kim reads in the clip. “Robert told Caitlyn in secret after the O.J. murder trial that he believed his friend was guilty.”
 
“That’s not true!” Khloe interjects “Like, what?”
 
“Like, to sell a book, you’re gonna make something up?” Kourtney adds. 
 
“Dad so believed in him,” Kim continues. “It is so shady that Caitlyn came over and gave me the book, and then on the phone she said, ‘Well, the final version has a few more things in it, but don’t worry, it’s nothing about you.’ So she lied to me, because that is about me, if it’s about our dad.”
 
“I have always had Caitlyn’s back,” she adds. “But she is a liar. She is not a good person.”
 
Later, in a confessional with Khloe, Kim reveals that she’s tried to be respectful of Jenner, given her ties to Kendall and Kylie, but she draws the line at mentions of her late father.
 
 “My relationship with Caitlyn was strained,” Kim says. “I was just trying to be respectful. But if you talk about my dad, I will cut you.”
 
However, there is some semblance of hope, considering the episode was likely filmed before Kardashian’s appearance on “The View,” during which she praised Jenner’s parenting skills. 
 
“She’ll always be my stepdad and and always be a person that raised me and taught me so much in life,” Kim said. ”[She] really stepped up to the plate and took over for my dad when he passed away, and I’ll never forget what Caitlyn instilled in us as kids and was a part of who I am today, so I’ll never forget that. To say I don’t have a relationship, she’ll always be a part of me. Have I talked to her in the last couple months? No.”
 
“We’re not that kind of family so I think we’re just taking a breather. We’ll get it together. We have siblings,” she added. “It will work out.”

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Hugh Hefner, Founder Of Playboy, Dead At 91

Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy, one of the most recognizable brands in the world, has died. (HECTOR MATA via Getty Images)
Playboy founder and legendary ladies’ man Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91, according to Playboy Enterprises.
 
The magazine said he was surrounded by loved ones and “peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home.” 
 
“My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom,” Hefner’s son Cooper said in a statement. “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many.”
 
Hefner’s dream of running his own magazine began while he was working as a copy editor at Esquire in 1952, and the following year he secured enough funding to launch Playboy.
 
The December 1953 inaugural issue featured none other than Marilyn Monroe as its cover girl, and the magazine would go on to become a multibillion-dollar empire ? including TV series, websites, DVDs and endless licensed merchandise ? and one of the most recognizable brands in the world.
 
In the 1960s, Hefner became the public face of the company and was known for his smoking jacket, his pipe and the assurance that wherever he was, a bevy of beautiful women surrounded him. He launched a series of private key clubs that he staffed with hostesses known as Bunnies for their now-iconic uniforms that included ears and a tail. 
 
Hefner was arrested in 1963 and charged with selling obscene literature after publishing nude photos of actress Jayne Mansfield. The charges were dropped after a jury was unable to reach a verdict, but the experience led Hefner to launch the Playboy Foundation, which provided funding to groups researching human sexuality and fighting censorship.
 
Hefner took the company public in 1971, but by the mid-’70s, the magazine was facing more competition with the arrival of hardcore publications such as Penthouse, and circulation began to fall. In response, the magazine released its first full-frontal nude centerfold in January 1972, featuring model Marilyn Cole. 
 
The Playboy founder suffered a minor stroke in 1985, just a few weeks shy of his 59th birthday. It was an eye-opening experience for Hefner, who decided it was time to tone down his wild parties, according to the Los Angeles Times.
 
“I survived a stroke two weeks ago,” Hefner said in a statement. “My recovery is total and something of a miracle. What has happened is actually a ‘stroke of luck’ that I fully expect will change the direction of my life.”
 
He handed over his empire to daughter Christie, who had been president of Playboy Enterprises since 1982. She began running the company as chairman of the board and CEO in 1988. 
 
In 2009, Scott Flanders replaced Hefner’s daughter as CEO and Playboy Enterprises Inc. began to make a radical shift focusing on its branding potential and licensing opportunities. 
 
Two years later, Hefner made a $207 million deal to buy out the company and take it private. The deal gave him a $1 million-a-year contract, full editorial control of the magazine and the right to keep living at the Playboy Mansion, Forbes reported. Hefner told The Hollywood Reporter in September 2011 that he owned close to 37 percent of the corporation, but noted that he had limited involvement with the company’s new focus on licensing. The media mogul also revealed he estimated his personal wealth at more than $100 million.
 
In that same article, THR broached the subject of death, but it was not something Hefner ever talked about, a close colleague said. Hefner said he was not afraid of death and had no faith in any afterlife. And his death wasn’t just a subject that Hefner avoided ? at the time, the company hadn’t thought about it either. 
 
“That’s hard to imagine. There’s no succession plan,” Flanders told THR. 
 
But the company wasn’t without a plan for long. In 2012, Hefner announced his then-21-year-old son, Cooper, was being groomed to become the public face of the company. 
 
In August, Cooper Hefner was named chief creative officer of the company.
 
While Hugh Hefner was always surrounded by beautiful women, in recent years he’s made the most headlines for the company he kept ? young, blond Playboy models who lived with him at the infamous Playboy Mansion. 
 
Hefner was first married in 1949 to a Northwestern University student named Mildred Williams, with whom he has two children ? Christie and David ? before divorcing in 1959.
 
In 1989, he married again, this time to Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad, who was 36 years his junior. Together the couple had two sons, Marston and Cooper, before they separated in 1998 and divorced in 2010.
 
During his 12-year separation from Conrad, Hefner had relationships with many of the young models featured in his magazine, including twin sisters Sandy and Mandy Bentley, and even dated seven women at once. His concurrent relationships with Playboy Playmates Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson were featured on the reality series "The Girls Next Door."
 
In 2008, all three women decided to leave Hefner and the Playboy Mansion, prompting Hefner to start dating Crystal Harris, who was 60 years his junior, along with 20-year-old twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon. Hefner broke things off with the twins and proposed to Harris in 2010.
 
Kristina and Karissa Shannon, Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris attend Hugh Hefner's 83rd birthday pool party at the Palms Resort & Casino on April 4, 2009, in Las Vegas.
The couple planned to marry in June 2011, but Harris decided to call off their nuptials just five days before they were scheduled to exchange their vows. After some highly publicized fighting over the custody of their dog, the couple reconciled with the help of Hefner's longtime secretary Mary O'Connor, who died in 2013. Hefner said "I do" to Harris and tied the knot for a third time on Dec. 31, 2012.
 
Hefner and Playboy made headlines more recently for their decision to stop publishing nudes in the print magazine and chose Pamela Anderson to be their last naked cover model for the January/February 2016 issue. The magazine decided to put nudity back in the magazine earlier this year in an effort to take its “identity back” and reclaim “who we are.”
 
Also last year, the Playboy Mansion, the iconic 5-acre, 29-room West Los Angeles estate owned by Playboy Enterprises, sold for $100 million, with one catch: Hefner asked that he be allowed to continue living and working there until his death.
 
In an interview for Larry King’s 2004 book, “Remember Me When I’m Gone,” Hefner shared his thoughts on his legacy at Playboy and beyond.
 
“I’d like to be remembered as someone who played some part in changing our hurtful and hypocritical views on sex ? and had a lot of fun doing it.”
 
Hefner is survived by his wife, Crystal, and his children Cooper, Christie, Marston and David. 
 
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this obituary included a photo caption that misspelled the surnames of Marlon Brando and Hugh Hefner.

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The Weird 'Young Sheldon' Casting Choice You Might've Missed

If you were thinking “Young Sheldon” was going to be another “Big Bang Theory” with little kids, well, bazinga!
 
The show, which debuted right after “The Big Bang Theory” premiere on Monday, couldn’t be more different from its parent show. It ditches the laugh track for something closer to the nostalgic sweetness of “The Wonder Years” as old Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) narrates and reminisces about his younger self (Iain Armitage).
 
But something isn’t quite right.
 
 
Armitage expertly plays young Sheldon. Zoe Perry as Sheldon’s mom Mary is a genius casting move. (Perry’s real-life mother, Laurie Metcalf, plays the same character on “Big Bang Theory.”) However, fans on Twitter quickly noticed something off about Sheldon’s dad.
 
Prepare for your brain to implode.
 
Farhan Charania @FCharania6
So nobody noticed #YoungSheldon dad in his new show is Leonard's bully from #BigBangTheory ??
 
Lance Barber, who plays Sheldon’s father, George Sr., on “Young Sheldon” ... 
 
... also played Leonard’s bully Jimmy Speckerman on “The Big Bang Theory.”
 
 
Take a minute, because it gets even crazier.
 
 
Brace yourselves. Here’s the guy who plays Sheldon’s dad interacting with grown-up Sheldon.
 
The internet couldn’t quite compute.
 
Chris Stephens @c33st3p
So Leonard's bully Jimmy Speckerman is actually Sheldon's father? #YoungSheldon
 
Ken Eaton @puremichiken
How about that? Apparently Jimmy Speckerman is Leonard's bully and Sheldon's dad. #YoungSheldon
 
Martha @___Dahlia____
Did they seriously cast Leonard's high school bully as Sheldon's dad and think we wouldn't notice? That's Jimmy Speckerman. https://twitter.com/YoungSheldon/status/870225924876193792 …
 
Is there some wormhole that caused Sheldon’s father to travel through time just to torment his son’s friends? Has Leonard’s bully really been Sheldon’s father all along? 
 
Having actors play multiple roles in the same show universe isn’t unprecedented. 
 
Even more egregiously, “Game of Thrones” had Dean-Charles Chapman play two different characters from the same family. He originally played Martyn Lannister, a character who died in Season 3. Then he came back to play Tommen Baratheon, who was really the son of Jaime and Cersei Lannister. 
 
At least “Young Sheldon” and “Big Bang Theory” are two different shows. In fact, the somewhat strange casting choice just seems to further emphasize the differences between the two.
 
Plus, Barber does a great job as Sheldon’s father. It’s easy to see why he got the role. Here he is capping off the premiere by sharing an emotional lesson with Sheldon: 
 
Is it weird? Hells yeah, it’s weird. But “The Big Bang Theory” has been weird for more than 10 seasons now, and it’s working out pretty well for them.

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Chip And Joanna Gaines Announce That Season 5 Of 'Fixer Upper' Will Be The Last

After four years of shiplap, farmhouse tables and inside jokes, “Fixer Upper” is coming to an end. 
 
In a blog post on their Magnolia Market website, Chip and Joanna Gaines announced Tuesday that the upcoming Season 5 of their hit HGTV show will be the last. 
 
Their statement reads, in part: 
 
It is with both sadness and expectation that we share the news that season 5 of Fixer Upper will be our last. While we are confident that this is the right choice for us, it has for sure not been an easy one to come to terms with. Our family has grown up alongside yours, and we have felt you rooting us on from the other side of the screen. How bittersweet to say goodbye to the very thing that introduced us all in the first place.
 
This has been an amazing adventure! We have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this show. We would be foolish to think we can go and go and fire on all cylinders and never stop to pause. Our family is healthy and our marriage has honestly never been stronger. This has nothing to do with a fraudulent skincare line or anything else you’ll inevitably read. This is just us recognizing that we need to catch our breath for a moment. Our plan is to take this time to shore up and strengthen the spots that are weak, rest the places that are tired and give lots of love and attention to both our family and our businesses.
“Fixer Upper” has been a smash hit for HGTV since it debuted in 2013, earning 3.4 million viewers for the Season 4 premiere last year. This announcement will surely come as a shock to many fans, who have religiously followed Chip and Jo’s design work, marriage and family life with their four children in Waco, Texas. 
 
“Though our ‘Fixer Upper’ chapter is coming to a close, we aren’t done with Waco. We aren’t done renovating homes. We aren’t done designing things to make your home your favorite place on earth. We aren’t done working towards restoration in all things or helping out those who could use a hand. In fact, in all of these of things, we are just getting started,” they added in the statement. 
 
Chip and Joanna already have other successful businesses, be it their Magnolia Home line, the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco (which brings in thousands upon thousands of visitors per week) or their New York Times best-selling book, The Magnolia Story. They also just announced a new line with Target coming this fall, called Hearth & Hand, among other projects. 
 
So although this part of their careers is coming to an end, Chip and Joanna Gaines will be around for years to come. 
 
And for that, we’re grateful.

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Khloé Kardashian Is Pregnant With Tristan Thompson Baby

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are expecting their first child together, sources confirm to Yahoo. The news comes less than a week after it was first reported that Kardashian’s sister Kylie Jenner is pregnant as well.
 
TMZ reports that Kardashian is about three months along. The outlet alleges that she conceived naturally and doesn’t yet know the sex of the baby. Kardashian, 33, and Thompson, 26, have been dating for a year.
 
While neither Khloé nor Tristan has commented on the reports, the Cleveland Cavaliers star sent out a cryptic tweet after news broke:
 
As for Khloé, she has also been acting as if it is business as usual, posting ab shots to Instagram.
 
Perhaps Khloé pulled a Kylie and has been using older photos to throw people off.
 
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star is likely thrilled with the pregnancy news, as she has expressed a desire to start a family with Thompson.
 
“I would love to have a family. We’ve talked about it,” she told ES Magazine in April. “He [already] is a father, and I know for a fact that he would be an impeccable father.”
 
Thompson became a father in December as his ex-girlfriend, Jordan Craig, welcomed a baby boy, Prince Thompson.
 
“I definitely want to be a mom. But I don’t put the pressure on it,” she added. “It’s not like, ‘The clock is ticking.’ I feel in my soul it will happen.”
 
Kardashian said she’s “never been in this type of love” before, and when asked point-blank whether she would accept if he proposed, she replied, “Yes I would.”
 
In August — when Khloé would have been around two months pregnant — she certainly played coy when discussing wanting a family with the Daily Mail.
 
“I definitely want a family, but I don’t feel any pressure. Tristan is a great dad… and he definitely wants more children, but we both feel that it will happen when the time is right,” she said. “We’re still in a new relationship and I love us having time together. Once you have kids you can’t get back your non-kid years. My sisters and I bother my mom all the time, so I know it’s not, like, ‘When they’re 18, you don’t worry about them again.’ You worry about your children for the rest of your life. The concern I have is raising little human beings in a world that’s filled with such hate and terror. That seems very scary.”
 
This will be the first child for Khloé.
 
The Good American co-creator was married to Lamar Odom before filing for divorce in 2013 due to his substance abuse and infidelity. Before finding love with Thompson, Khloé dated rapper French Montana and NBA star James Harden.
 
The Kardashian-Jenner brood is certainly expanding at a rapid rate.
 
Sources tell Yahoo that Kylie Jenner, 20, is expecting her first child — a baby girl — with boyfriend Travis Scott and is due in winter 2018. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are also reportedly welcoming baby No. 3, via surrogate, around the same time.

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Anthony Weiner Gets Jail Sentence Over Sexting Scandal

Federal District of Manhattan Judge Denise Cote sentenced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison on Monday. Weiner had pleaded guilty to exchanging lewd material with a minor in May.
 
Weiner asked for probation. He claimed that his obsession lay with exchanging lewd material with strangers, not an interest in underage girls, according to Page Six. The prosecution called probation “inadequate” and asked for two years in prison (he faced up to 10 years for his guilty plea).
 
The felony charge was the result of an F.B.I. investigation into the already-resigned congressman (this wasn’t his first sexting rodeo), which uncovered sexually explicit text messages with a then 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, who had reached out to Weiner via Twitter in January 2016. A previous scandal forced him to resign from congress in 2011, while still more sexting blew up a mayoral campaign in New York. The latter was captured in the 2016 documentary, Weiner.
 
Meanwhile, in another part of the courthouse, Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, are going through the divorce process, which Weiner attributed to his obsession. In a letter to the judge, which The New York Times has published in full, he expressed his remorse and noted that his “continued acting out over years crushed the aspirations” of his wife, who worked as the vice chair of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and has been a close associate of the former secretary of state for years.

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Taylor Swift Stalker Send To Mental Hospital

A Taylor Swift-obsessed fan charged with stalking the singer at her Manhattan apartment was committed to a state psychiatric facility yesterday. Mohammed Jaffar, 29, had been found unfit to stand trial by court doctor. Prosecutors did not object to the commitment order. Jaffar briefly appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court, where Justice Laura Ward ordered him sent to the facility. Prosecutors said Jaffar called Swift’s management about 60 times in a two-week period and went into the star’s Tribeca building on Feb. 6. About a week later, he came back two days in a row to ring her doorbell. Jaffar continued to violate orders to stay away from Swift until his March 6 arrest, prosecutors said. He will remain in psychiatric custody until he is found fit to stand trial on burglary and stalking charges. He began harassing the performer in December.

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Ed Sheeran Announces North American Tour

Ed Sheeran has played stadiums in Europe, but now he's taking his show to stadiums in North America. The first date of the tour is August 18, 2018 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA and the trek will continue into November, wrapping up November 10 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Ed is teaming with Ticketmaster to use its VerifiedFan system for tickets to these shows. Registration for that system is now open and will close on Thursday, October 12 at 10 p.m. ET. Fan presales start October 16 at 10 a.m. local time; tickets go on sale to the general public on October 20 at 10 a.m. local time. In other Ed Sheeran news, he'll be a guest on the rebooted version of MTV’s “TRL,” which returns October 2. 
 
Here are Ed's tour dates:
8/18 -- Pasadena, CA, Rose Bowl Stadium 
8/25 -- Seattle, WA, CenturyLink Field
8/30 -- Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre 
9/6 -- St. Louis, MO, Busch Stadium
9/15 -- Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium
9/22 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
9/27 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
10/13 -- Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium 
10/17 -- Fargo, ND, Fargodome
10/20 -- Minneapolis, MN, U.S. Bank Stadium 
10/27 -- Dallas, TX, AT&T Stadium
10/31 -- New Orleans, LA, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
11/3 -- Houston, TX, Minute Maid Park 
11/7 -- Tampa, FL, Raymond James Stadium
11/10 -- Atlanta, GA,Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 

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Stephen Colbert To North Korea: 'Knock It Off' With The Sick Trump Burns

Stephen Colbert is (fake) hopping mad over North Korea’s rhetoric about President Donald Trump.
 
On Friday’s broadcast of “The Late Show,” the comedian sarcastically told the pariah state to “knock if off” with the “sick burns” against the U.S. commander-in-chief. In recent days, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called Trump a “dotard,” and its foreign minister likened him to a “barking dog.”
 
“North Korea, NoKo, you are not allowed to insult our leader like that,” said Colbert, feigning outrage. “Sure, I’ve had my problems with President Trump, such as everything he has said and done, but I’m not gonna stand here as an American and let somebody from another country talk smack about our president.”
 
Colbert then revealed some of the insults that he is allowed to hurl at Trump, but which would definitely be off limits for the North Korean regime. 

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Miley Cyrus Is Sharing Even More Details About Her Split From Liam Hemsworth In "Week Without You"

It’s no surprise that musicians tend to put everything that’s been going in their lives into their music. That’s pretty much how the best breakup songs are created, and it’s what Miley Cyrus might have done with her new song, “Week Without You.” The former Hannah Montana star is not stranger to putting her love life out there, she and Liam Hemsworth have been more public than ever about their relationship since getting back together. They're not above some sweet and subtle PDA on social media, that's for sure.
 
Of course Miley’s also given the public a glimpse into just how truly happy she is with her relationship with the track “Malibu.” With her new album on the way, fans are speculating that some of the songs will detail everything that led to their breakup and reunion, such as this new song. From the lyrics, fans can see that she’s painting a picture of not being appreciated by her partner. The chorus goes, “I know that I gave you my heart, but you stomped it to the ground. And that’s what's got me wondering what it's like to not have you around.”
 
Yikes! Though that’s not the only hint she gives into feeling very unhappy. Another part of the song reads, “You used to make me smile, but now you don't do that anymore. It feels like I’m always just crying and sleeping alone, but when I think of you gone I know.” Okay, so this is all so emo and just makes you realize that nothing is truly as it seems.
 
Luckily, Miley and Liam were able to find their way back to each other so in a sense; spending time apart was essentially great for their relationship. They’re closer and more in love than ever. So obviously, the “Wrecking Ball” singer is no longer wondering what a week without her guy would really be like.

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Steelers Did Not Get 100 Percent Participation In Sitting Out Anthem On Sunday

Before the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Chicago Bears on Sunday, a game the Steelers would ultimately lose, head coach Mike Tomlin told CBS Sports’ Jamie Erdahl that all of the players would be staying in the locker room during the national anthem, saying at the time, “for us, as a football team, it’s about us remaining solid. We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone … But whatever we do, we’re going to do it 100 percent; we’re going to do it together.”
 
He went on to say that it was not out of disrespect to the anthem.
 
The Steelers have a player on their team, offensive tackle Al Villanueva, who is a West Point graduate and served as an Army Ranger, doing three tours of duty in Afghanistan.
 
When the anthem began at Soldier Field, Tomlin was the only representative of the Steelers on the field.
 
But Villanueva had left the locker room ahead of his teammates, and stood just outside the Steelers’ tunnel where cameras could see him, his gloved hand on his heart as the anthem played. The rest of the Pittsburgh players and coaches were behind him, in the shadows under the covering over the tunnel.
 
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva stands outside the tunnel alone during the national anthem on Sunday. (AP)
It’s understandable that Villanueva would feel compelled to take part in the anthem ceremony given his life in the military (he also appeared in a commercial for armed services financial institution USAA last year), though he was not required to be present as a rule of his service.
 
After the game, Tomlin was clearly miffed, and that’s understandable too: football coaches and players preach about football being the ultimate team sport; while there are of course differences between players, whether it be religious or upbringing or even political leanings, what’s best for the team is always at the forefront.
 
Villanueva didn’t follow that tenet on Sunday, undercutting his coach and his teammates. Had another played stepped out front on his own to kneel just outside the tunnel, he would have been excoriated for leaving the pack and acting on his own.
 
Tomlin was asked about the decision for most of the team to remain off the field, and he said it wasn’t his decision.
 
“Like most teams in the National Football League, we didn’t ask for this, this was placed upon us by circumstance,” Tomlin said. “I heard rumblings of guys talking during the course of the day yesterday, my contention was that we will not allow politics to divide us, we’re a football players, we’re a football team. Many of them felt like something needed to be done, I asked those guys to discuss it, and whatever they discussed, that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing.
 
“They discussed it for an appropriate length of time, they couldn’t come to an understanding,  so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful of the anthem, so they chose not to participate, but at the same time, many of them were not going to accept the words of the president. So, we decided to sit it out, to not take the field, to remove ourselves from it, to focus on playing football, those were our intentions.”
 
Asked about Villanueva’s actions, Tomlin jumped in before the question was done.
 
“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation. We’re going to be respectful of our football team. Man, these are divisive times in the United States and it’s a shame, but it is. But we’re not politicians, we’re coaches and pro athletes and if those of us who are individuals choose to, you know, participate in politics in some way, I’m going to be supportive of that, but when we come out of locker rooms, we come out of locker rooms to play football games.
 
“To be quite honest with you, I didn’t appreciate our football team being [dragged] into politics this weekend and I’m sure that that’s a global perspective. But we’re blessed to do this for a living, with that blessing comes responsibility, we understand that. We understand we’re given a platform that’s a unique one, many of us are called to do things we wouldn’t normally do because of that platform, where people apply pressure for us to do things because of that platform and the bottom line is we chose not to play ball today in that regard. maybe we will, but today we just said no.”
 
Tomlin said he called commissioner Roger Goodell on Sunday morning to inform him of the team’s plan; the Titans and Seahawks also did not take to the field until after the anthem on Sunday.
 
Though Pittsburgh lost to Chicago, Tomlin said he did not think his team’s performance had been negatively impacted.
 
“I think it minimized it as a distraction for us. The big thing is that we remain united,” he said. “This game of football is a unique one; we’re all blessed to be part of it. We all get tolerances from people that are different because of our association with ball. We feel bad for people that aren’t involved in football that don’t get an opportunity to have a brother that’s very different from them, that’s next to them that he has to rely on so you gain understanding.
 
“We will not be divided by this. We have men in there that come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, races, creeds, ethnicities, religion and so forth. That’s football, that’s a lot of team sports. But because out our position we get [dragged[ into [expletive], to be quite honest with you. So some have opinions, some don’t. We wanted to protect those that don’t, we wanted to protect those that do. We wanted to come here and play a football game today, and that was our intention.”
 
Unlike former Green Beret and, briefly, Seattle long snapper Nate Boyer, who met with Colin Kaepernick last year despite not agreeing with Kaepernick’s decision to protest injustice and inequality during the national anthem (Boyer convinced Kaepernick to kneel rather than sit on the bench), Villanueva took a harder stance.
 
“I agree that America is not perfect, I agree there are lot of issues with minorities in this country, I agree we should do something about it,” Villanueva said in 2016. “But I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down when the national anthem of the country that is providing you freedom and providing you $60 million a year is the best way to do it when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan and protecting our freedom for less than $20,000 a year.”
 
Kaepernick and other players who have kneeled during the anthem have repeatedly said their intention is not to show disrespect to military members, and many have family members who have served.

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How well did "Star Trek" do in predicting the future of medicine?

There is something the "Star Trek" franchise predicted: the future of medicine. 
 
"I was able to put a scope in and biopsy the pancreas which was unheard of 50 years ago," said NYU Langone's Dr. Mark Pochapin. That's unless you were watching "Star Trek," as Pochapin did when he was a boy.
 
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"Star Trek predicted the way you would scan someone is through a non-invasive way without really touching them," Pochapin said. 
 
"Star Trek'"s tricorder? Today we have CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds.
 
What else has come true?
 
"Where Captain Kirk would talk to someone on the flat screen TV, I can talk to a patient now, see their image, see their scans remotely," Pochapin said. 
 
Dr. McCoy's hypospray helped inspire needle-free injectors. The visor that let Geordi see? We now have glasses that beam light to a chip implanted in the retina -- so the blind can see.
 
What about sick bay?
 
"They'd get on their bed and all the monitors would go on like the monitors we have here," Pochapin said. "And that has come true. We have wireless telemetry."
 
We got a sneak preview of modern medicine from a Starship sick bay. But "Star Trek" was about more than fancy gadgets.
 
It foresaw a world of inclusiveness, with doctors of color, male and female. And in the new series, "Star Trek: Discovery" -- a physician who is openly gay.
 
We consulted a specialist in "Star Trek"-style medicine. Bob Picardo played the emergency medical hologram on the Voyager series.
 
"And then I would appear and I would say, 'Please state the nature of the medical emergency,'" Picardo said. 
 
Picardo said "it's possible" a computer algorithm could entirely replace a physician in the future.  
 
"Ultimately, that artificial intelligence physician will be created from the personal experiences of a large group of doctors," Picardo said. "So, yes, I believe the day will come when you will be obsolete."
 
Until we reach that final frontier... 
 
A special broadcast premiere of "Star Trek: Discovery" will air Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. CT on CBS. After premiere night, all new episodes will be available on CBS All Access.

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Bill Murray's Parenting Wisdom Is Spot On

Bill Murray is a veritable fount of parenting wisdom.
 
The actor and comedian has six sons ? 35-year-old Homer, 32-year-old Luke, 24-year-old Cal, 21-year-old Jackson, 20-year-old Cooper and 16-year-old Lincoln. 
 
In honor of his birthday on Thursday, we’ve rounded up some of his best parenting tips and musings.
 
On his approach to parenting:
 
“If you bite on everything they throw at you, they will grind you down. You have to ignore a certain amount of stuff. The thing I keep saying to them lately is: ‘I have to love you, and I have the right to ignore you.’ When my kids ask what I want for my birthday or Christmas or whatever, I use the same answer my father did: ‘Peace and quiet.’ That was never a satisfactory answer to me as a kid — I wanted an answer like ‘A pipe.’ But now I see the wisdom of it: All I want is you at your best — you making this an easier home to live in, you thinking of others.”
 
On his kids’ humor:
 
“For many years I was a tough laugh, but lately I’ve been giving it up. I appreciate when they’re trying to be funny, you know? I think they feel like they have to be funny, that I’ve got some standard of humor that they have to come to. But funny is funny, and there’s no denying funny.”
 
Murray with his son, Luke, who is an assistant basketball coach at Xavier University.
On welcoming your first child:
 
“People only talk about what a joyous experience it is, but there is terror: Your life, as you know it, is over. It’s over the day that child is born. It’s over, and something completely new starts.”
 
On how to deal with baby gas:
 
“When the kid first eats solid food, which usually happens around 6 months, sort of when you’re at the bottom of fatigue alley, they get gas and they don’t know what it is. They scream uncontrollably, it’s horrifying. Somehow I learned that peppermint breaks up gas, I went and got a candy candy and you just stick it in the kids mouth and you go back to sleep.”
 
On getting a baby to sleep:
 
“You just pump their legs, and then you do their arms, and they laugh very hard, and then the kid passes out.”
 
On his relationship with his older sons post-divorce:
 
“As much as the divorce was very hard, the fallout of it has been really great. I ended up much closer to my guys than I ever would have been.”
 
Murray’s son, Homer, opened a bar in Brooklyn, New York.
On not finding the great love of his life:
 
“I’m not sure what I am getting done here. I do have kids. I have children that I am responsible for and I enjoy that very much. And that wouldn’t have happened without women.”
 
On being a celebrity and a dad:
 
“There’s only a couple times when fame is ever helpful. Sometimes you can get into a restaurant where the kitchen is just closing. Sometimes you can avoid a traffic violation. But the only time it really matters is in the emergency room with your kids. That’s when you want to be noticed, because it’s very easy to get forgotten in an ER. It’s the only time when I would ever say, ‘Thank God. Thank God.’ There’s no other time.”
 
On parenting advice:
 
“I don’t know very much but I talk a lot about what I do know.” 

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One Million Moms Freaking Out Over 'Roseanne' Reboot's Gender-Fluid Kid

While fans of the original “Roseanne” are excited about the return of the ’90s-era sitcom, one right-wing “family” advocacy group is freaking out.
 
One Million Moms (1MM), a division of the American Family Association, launched a boycott against Roseanne Barr’s reboot after reports suggested that one of Roseanne’s grandchildren in the show may be gender fluid.
 
According to a 1MM official, the inclusion of such a character promotes the “transgender agenda” and is “child exploitation at its worst.” The group also incorrectly referred to transgender individuals as people with “mental disorders.”
 
Unfortunately, the age of Roseanne’s grandchildren may attract young viewers, so the victims of this outrageous program are the young cast members, not to mention any child who views the show. The sexualization and moral corruption of these children is child exploitation at its worst. No child should be introduced to the experience of mental disorders.
“Roseanne” will return to ABC in 2018 with the entire original cast, plus a few new characters, including David and Darlene’s kids: Harris, a teenage girl, and 9-year-old Mark.
 
In late June, a source familiar with the reboot told industry news site Showbiz411 that a casting call for Mark said that the character would be “gender creative” and looked for actors who could be “sensitive and effeminate” and display “qualities of both young female and male traits.”
 
As if it were a bad thing, 1MM said that Mark’s character would be “celebrated by the LGBT community” as the “first ‘gender non-binary’ character to appear on network TV.”
 
“DNA proves a female is female and a male is male. There is no gray area here and no such thing as ‘gender fluid,’” the organization said in a statement. “ABC is glorifying gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder, and using a child to promote this mental disorder.”
 
But gender fluidity is not a “mental disorder,” as the conservative group claims.
 
“Gender extends beyond the clothing we wear and the way that we present ourselves aesthetically to the world,” James Michael Nichols, deputy editor of HuffPost Queer Voices, explained in July.
 
“It’s a concept inherently tied to the most intimate parts of our human selves,” Nichols added. “For individuals who identify as gender fluid, gender-nonconforming, non-binary, gender creative or other similar identities, gender does not consist of either ‘male’ or ‘female.’”
 
Including a gender-fluid character on a mainstream show that will likely attract a large variety of viewers gives those who identify as gender-nonconforming a chance to see a character ? a role model or point of inspiration ? to which they can relate. It can also help that segment of the LGBTQ community a to be more visible and, as such, more accepted in a society where they experience verbal and physical abuse at disproportionate rates.  
 
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As 1MM pointed out, the original “Roseanne” had already broken barriers for the LGBTQ community when the show aired a controversial lesbian kiss in 1994.
 
Barr told HuffPost in 2015 that ABC had initially threatened to cancel the entire show if she went through with the kiss storyline, but the network eventually broadcast the episode with a parental advisory warning. And a majority of viewers apparently took no issue with the groundbreaking TV moment.
 
A 1994 Los Angeles Times report revealed that 75 percent of the show’s viewers who called ABC headquarters after the episode “expressed a favorable reaction.”
 
1MM is trying to stop another groundbreaking TV moment from happening. The organization asked its followers to boycott the “Roseanne” show by signing its petition and not watching the show.
 
In seven days, they’ve gathered only 7,873 signatures. 

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Ryan Phillippe Says He Is 'Saddened And Disgusted' By Assault Allegations

Ryan Phillippe has responded to his ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt’s assault allegations against him, calling her claims false. 
 
“I am saddened and disgusted by the false allegations being circulated about me,” the actor wrote in a statement, which he posted on Twitter Tuesday. “At the time these allegations were initially made, I fully cooperated with law enforcement and a thorough investigation was conducted.” 
 
“As a man, raised by women, in a household where women’s rights, feminism, and advocacy were very much at the forefront, I am sickened that my name can be found in any article where domestic violence of any kind is being alleged,” he added.
 
Phillippe continued, noting that as a public figure, “many untrue things” have been said about him over the years. “That is something you learn to accept if you choose a profession like mine,” he wrote. 
 
The 43-year-old’s statement continued, echoing the the one released earlier by his rep, which pointed out the severity of domestic violence. 
 
“This is wrong. This is not who I am. Everyone of my accuser’s allegations are false,” he wrote. 
 
The statement comes after Phillippe’s former girlfriend, model Elsie Hewitt, filed a lawsuit against the actor, claiming he violently beat her earlier this summer. 
 
He grabbed Hewittt’s upper arm so tightly that his grip left heavy bruises on her arm hours later. He then braced his body and violently threw her down his staircase as hard as he could,” Hewitt’s complaint reads. 
 
Hewitt also reportedly claims Phillippe “struck her, cornered her, kicked her and aggressively pushed her to the ground” before picking her up “like a doll” and throwing her down the stairs a second time. 
 
Phillippe’s rep denied the allegations against the actor, telling HuffPost, “Ryan is completely devastated that these false allegations have been made and circulated.” 
 
A source close to Phillippe also defended the actor, telling People, “Ryan did not lay a hand on [Hewitt]. He wants to clear all of this up and he will.” 
 
The source also claimed Hewitt attacked the actor and accused the Guess model of using this lawsuit as a means to seek fame.
 
Hewitt’s lawyer, Keith Fink, slammed those claims, calling them “laughable.”
 
“She has photos of the serious cuts and bruises she suffered as a result of the assault. She has hospital records. The police took a report and issued a restraining order,” he told HuffPost. “Add to this any man who calls a woman a c**t has serious animus towards women in general and would not be one championing the equality of women.” 

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Fergie: Pretending to be with Josh Duhamel was 'getting a little weird'

Now that news of Fergie's split from husband Josh Duhamel is no longer a secret, the singer said she's happy she doesn't have to pretend anymore.
 
The singer told People magazine that it's been difficult trying to promote her new album, "Double Dutchess," when interviewers kept asking her about her marriage.
 
"Honestly, it was just getting a little weird for us with all the romantic questions,” she explained. "We’re great friends, we love each other so much, and it just got to the point where it was getting a little weird ... there’s no perfect time so we just decided to [announce it]."
 
Fergie and Josh Duhamel separate after 8 years of marriage
 
Josh Duhamel reveals his awkward 1st pickup line for wife Fergie
 
Fergie, 42, and Duhamel, 44, revealed last week that they were ending their eight-year marriage. The two share a son, Axl, 4.
 
“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” they said in a statement. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”
 

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Bernie Casey Dies: 'Revenge Of The Nerds And 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka' Actor Was 78

Bernie Casey, who starred in iconic films such as Revenge of the Nerds and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka has died at age 78, Deadline has confirmed. Casey, who also had a career in the NFL as a wide receiver, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles after being hospitalized for a yet-to-be-announced illness.
 
Casey was born in Wyco, W.VA on June 8, 1939. He was a track and field star at Bowling Green and in 1961 was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. He played with the 49ers for six seasons and went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams for two.
 
Casey would go on to be an actor, starring in Guns of the Magnificent Seven, a sequel to The Magnificent Seven. He also starred in the 1973 classic Cleopatra Jones, and appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha in 1972 opposite Barbara Hershey and David Carradine.
 
In 1984, he starred as U.N. Jefferson, the national head of the fictional, yet legendary, Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity in the ’80s classic Revenge of the Nerds. He would go on to reprise the role in the TV movie sequel Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation.
 
He also starred in the Keenan Ivory Wayans’ I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, an action comedy parody film of blaxploitation, where he appeared as a version of himself alongside other football players-turned-actors. To add to his resume of pop culturally relevant ’80s movies, Casey played a high school teacher in starred in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.
 
Casey ventured into directing in 1997 with The Dinner, a movie he wrote and starred in about three black men of different ideas and ages who have a dinner table discussion about numerous topics including slavery, homophobia and black self-loathing.
 
Casey also starred as the recurring Bond character of CIA agent Felix Leiter in Never Say Never Again as well as Burt Reynolds’ Sharky’s Machine. His other credits include Another 48 Hours, Under Siege, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Spies Like Us and Hit Man.

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'It' Had A Scene So Creepy, Bill Skarsgård Said It Was Cut From The Film

Even Pennywise himself couldn’t handle a certain scene from “It.”
 
Bill Skarsgård, who plays creepy clown Pennywise in the record-breaking horror film, was recently on Variety’s “Playback” podcast.
 
During his interview, Skarsgård describes a scene from the movie that was so horrifying that it didn’t make the final cut:
 
“There’s a scene that we shot that was a flashback scene from the 1600s. Where Pennywise was before ‘Pennywise.’ And we shot it for additional shooting and the scene turned out really, really disturbing. And It’s me ... I’m not the clown, I look more like myself.”
Skarsgård didn’t add too many additional details — apparently, the scene may end up in the next movie — but he described it as “sort of a backstory for what It is or where Pennywise came from.”
 
The actor said the scene deals with “the idea is that It, the entity, was dormant or resting for thousands of thousands of years and it [the scene] hints on [the founding of Derry].”
 
Even though Skarsgård won’t divulge more, there is a scene that Cary Fukunaga — who was originally set to direct the film before Andy Muschietti took the reins — inclued in his script: a flashback scene that took place in the 17th century, Digital Spy pointed out.
 
Fukunaga’s script was leaked online after he and New Line Cinema parted ways due to “creative differences,” Vulture reports.
 
The scene, which apparently is a “sequence entirely of Fukunaga’s creation,” showed a mother in 1625 allowing It to devour her child in exchange for her own safety. According to Digital Spy, Fukunaga also describes It in this particular scene as “incomplete, his flesh pale and translucent, like a half-formed imitation of a human.”

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Billy Bush and his wife, Sydney, have separated after 20 years

Billy Bush is no longer a celebrity newsman, but he continues to make headlines in the space. The latest? That he has split with his wife, Sydney Davis, after 20 years of marriage.
 
Page Six was first to report the news with a confirmation from Bush’s attorney, Marshall Grossman, who said, “I can confirm they are now separated, and on a short-term break.”
 
The lawyer offered no timeline as to when the “short-term break” would end.
 
Billy Bush and Sydney Bush, pictured at an event in 2007, have separated, Bush’s lawyer tells Page Six. (Photo: John M. Heller/Getty Images)
According to the New York Post‘s gossip site, Grossman refused to discuss the reasons behind the split. He did, however, say it was not caused by infidelity.
 
Their separation comes nearly one year after the notorious tape of Bush’s lewd 2005 conversation with Donald Trump, then the star of The Apprentice, was made public on Oct. 7, 2016. In it, Bush egged on Trump as he spoke about Bush’s Access Hollywood co-star Nancy O’Dell as well as the soap opera star Arianne Zucker, and ultimately he lost his job at the Today show over it.
 
Bush, who is part of the famous political family, later talked about how his middle daughter, Mary, cried when she first heard her father’s conversation with Trump, which the latter chalked up to “locker room banter.” However, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter from May in which Bush addressed the scandal for the first time, he said his wife Sydney was supportive of him throughout the ordeal.
 
“My wife, Sydney, knows the environment and the atmosphere I was in at the time, and she knows very well the person she married,” he said. “She has been very supportive from the very beginning.”
 
Bush and Davis were married in April 1998 and are parents to three daughters.

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Taylor Swift's team says "Shake It Off" lawsuit is "ridiculous:" "They do not have a case"

A rep for Taylor Swift is shaking off a copyright infringement lawsuit over Taylor's 2014 #1 hit "Shake It Off," calling it "nothing more than a money grab."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, the songwriters behind R&B group 3LW's 2001 single "Playas Gon' Play," have filed suit, claiming Taylor's use of the phrases "the players gonna play....and the haters gonna hate," improperly copies their song.
In the 3LW song, the girls sing, "Playas, they gonna play/ And haters, they gonna hate."  Hall and Butler claim that they were the ones who popularized that phrase, according to the complaint, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter.
 
"The combination of playas/players playing along with hatas/haters hating may seem like common parlance today, however, in 2001 it was completely original and unique," asserts the complaint.  
 
It goes on to claim that Hall and Butler "were the first to put such a sequence together using the terms playas and haters, and prior to Defendants’ use at issue herein, the combination had not since been used in popular music."
 
The suit accuses Taylor of copying both the players/haters combination, but in a statement to ABC Radio, her rep dismisses the claim as "ridiculous," calling it "nothing more than a money grab."
 
The statement goes on to say, "The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case."
 
In 2015, Taylor fended off a similar suit from an R&B singer named Jesse Braham, over his 2013 song "Haters Gone Hate," which also used "players gonna play, haters gonna hate," but in reverse order.
 
In dismissing that claim, Judge Gail Standish of the U.S. Central District Court in California, cited 3LW's earlier song as proof that the phrase was not original to Braham's tune.

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Sean Spicer Regrets His First Move As White House Press Secretary

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he regrets his first move in his old job working under President Donald Trump.
 
Speaking to The New York Times less than a day after his much-criticized Emmys appearance, Spicer said he regrets that he yelled at reporters about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration during his first official appearance in the White House briefing room.
 
“Of course I do, absolutely,” Spicer said.
 
Spicer poked fun at that moment Sunday night at the Emmys, wheeling a lectern onto the stage much like the one used by actress Melissa McCarthy when she spoofed Spicer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
 
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period,” Spicer said Sunday, mocking his Jan. 21 press conference.
 
In July, Spicer announced his departure from the White House amid the hiring of White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who served under Trump for less than two weeks in the summer before he resigned. Spicer told Fox News host Sean Hannity he had “no regrets” about his work at the White House.
 
“I can’t thank the president enough for this unbelievable honor, and I’m going ? I will always be grateful for that,” Spicer said.
 
Spicer has been working to rehabilitate his image, recently addressing his downfalls as press secretary during an interview with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel. He signed with Worldwide Speakers Group earlier this month and gave his first paid speech on Sept. 11.

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Abby and Christi See Each Other for the First Time in Years on 'Dance Moms'

It's the moment Dance Moms fans have been waiting three seasons for! In a sneak peek from the Sept. 19 episode, Christi Lukasiak — who left the show with her daughter Chloe in Season 4 — comes into contact with Abby Lee Miller for the first time since their gigantic falling out.
 
“I do not trust her near me. I’m here to watch my daughter dance. I’m not here to go to prison," Christi tells the ALDC moms in the video. “My worst fear of all time would be if she would have me arrested today and I would somehow be incarcerated and end up as her roommate.”
 
When Abby sees that Christi is in the room, she avoids her by going in a different entrance. Based on the clip, it looks like the OG cast member has made up with her one-time cast members after lashing out at the women a few weeks ago for failing to support Chloe after she quit the series.
 
In a confessional, the 40-year-old admitted that she regretted her outburst. "I truly hate myself a little bit right now for losing control. Those women bring out the best in me, don’t they?" she teased. "Dude, I haven’t screamed at anyone in three years. Here I am, three seconds in, and I’m like a raging maniac."
 
Chloe originally opened up to People magazine about her decision to leave the popular show, admitting that it had to do with Abby's mean comments about her slightly smaller right eye, which was caused by a condition called silent sinus syndrome (she has since had surgery to help correct the issue). “The reason for leaving the show was my old teacher mocked my eye very bluntly; I was dealing with some serious health issues," the 16-year-old shared. "[My exit] was very abrupt and I didn’t expect to leave obviously. But after that happened my mom and I just kind of talked about it and it didn’t seem right to go back."
 
Tune in to the new episode of Dance Moms on Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.

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Are Nicole Kidman's Scientologist children forbidden to speak to her? Emmys speech leads to speculation

Nicole Kidman's impassioned acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the Emmys -- but careful listeners noticed something both telling and troubling.
 
The actress devoted the conclusion of her speech to her immediate family, with special recognition to her two children. The only problem? She has four.
 
“I have two little girls, Sunday and Faith, and my darling Keith, who I ask to help me pursue this artistic path, and they have to sacrifice so much for it,” Kidman said as she accepted her award for Outstanding Lead Actress in "Big Little Lies."
 
She then spoke directly to the girls: "So this is yours. I want my little girls to have this on their shelf and to look at it and go, ‘Every time my mama didn’t put me to bed, it is because of this. I got something.’"
 
Noticably absent was any mention at all of older children Isabella, 24, and Connor, 22, both of whom she adopted with ex-husband Tom Cruise. Like their father, both kids are practicing Scientologists.
 
Ex-Scientologist Leah Remini, who has made it her mission to shine a light on the controversial religion, has openly spoken about the common practice of "disconnecting," or ceasing all contact, with people of whom the Church disapproves. Many believe that Isabella and Connor are no longer permitted to have any contact with Kidman.
 
“Nicole Kidman didn’t mention her kids w/ Tom Cruise in her speech. That’s cause they were forced to disconnect from her by Scientology,” tweeted New York Magazine writer Yashar Ali.
 
In 2015, Isabella got married in a Scientology ceremony. Her mother was allegedly banned from attending, according to press reports at the time.
 
It has also been long rumored that Cruise himself has "disconnected" from his other ex-wife, Katie Holmes, and their young daughter Suri.

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Kevin Hart publicly apologizes to wife and children after woman threatens to release 'sexually suggestive' video

Kevin Hart issued a very public apology on Saturday to his pregnant wife and kids after news broke that the actor is involved in a multimillion-dollar extortion attempt.
 
Law enforcement told TMZ that an anonymous person reached out to Hart's team and demanded "eight figures" in exchange for a video of Hart and a woman in a "sexually provocative situation." Another clip shows a bedroom where it appears that people are engaging in sexual activity, but their faces are not shown.
 
Although Hart sources didn't confirm if he is the person in the bedroom, they did tell TMZ that the video was recorded on an iPhone propped up against an object, and recording sexual activity without consent is illegal.
 
Hours after the story went public, Hart posted an emotional video on Instagram: "I'm at a place in my life where I feel I have a target on my back and because of that I should make smart decisions, and recently I didn’t," he begins. "I'm not perfect and I'm not gonna sit up here and say that I am, or claim to be in any way shape or form. And I made a bad error in judgement and I put myself in an environment where only bad things can happen and they did. And in doing that, I know I'm gonna hurt the people closest to me, who I've talked to and apologized to, being my wife and my kids."
 
He continues, "It's a sh--ty moment when you know you're wrong and there's no excuses for your wrong behavior. At the end of the day, I just simply got to do better. But I'm also not gonna allow a person to have financial gain off my mistakes. In this particular situation, that's what was attempted. I said I'd rather fess up to my mistakes."
 
Earlier this year, Hart slammed tabloid reports that he had been unfaithful to his wife, Eniko Parrish, who is currently pregnant with their first child. Hart also has two children from his first marriage.

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Emmys 2017: The highs and lows

With 2017 pretty much the real-life version of the “This is fine” meme, the Emmy Awards were bound to get political — especially with Stephen Colbert as the host.
 
And neither he nor the various winners disappointed. From the opening number, which featured a call for political action from Chance the Rapper, to a wry reference to the president from Alec Baldwin, to a shocking cameo by a former administration official, these Emmys really went there.
 
It wasn’t all politics, of course. There was funny banter, there were heartwarming moments, there were cocktails.
 
Here are our highs and lows from this year’s Emmys.
 
HIGH: Alec Baldwin is Trump’s Emmy proxy
 
Donald Trump is Emmy-less no more! Well … his Saturday Night Live dopplegänger isn’t, at least. Alec Baldwin picked up his statue for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy and alerted POTUS right off the top, “At long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy.” Baldwin also joked the “orange wig” that he wears as Trump has functioned as an ideal means of birth control before ending his speech on a serious note. “For all of you out there in motion pictures and television, don’t stop doing what you’re doing — the audience is counting on you.”  — Ethan Alter
 
HIGH: Sterling gets the gold
 
Sterling K. Brown Thanks 'This Is Us' Cast at Emmys
 
"This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown thanks his cast at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
It’s been 19 years since a black actor has won the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy. And Sterling K. Brown had a personal message for the man who preceded him on the stage, Andre Braugher. “Whether it is at Stanford University or on this stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps.” He also gave a hilarious shout-out to his This Is Us family, calling them “the best white TV family that a brother has ever had, better than Mr. Drummond, better than the white folks that raised Webster.” Unfortunately, he was also a victim of one of the night’s big losers … that overeager orchestra. For more on that, read on. — EA
 
LOW: Cutting the winners (really) short
 
Awards show orchestras are notorious for their itchy trigger fingers, playing off winners when they’re still in midspeech. And this year’s Emmy orchestra was quick, too quick, to clear the stage, interrupting heartfelt speeches by Laura Dern, Kate McKinnon, and Ann Dowd, among others. (On the other hand, Dern’s Big Little Lies co-star Nicole Kidman was allowed nearly three minutes to speak her mind without interruption.) That definitely wasn’t music to our ears. — EA
 
HIGH: Diverse firsts
 
Donald Glover and Lena Waithe 
The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards ensured they’d be enshrined forever in Emmy history with a pair of groundbreaking, and wholly deserving, wins. Early in the evening, Atlanta creator Donald Glover became the first African-American director in TV history to win Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series. (Glover’s Outstanding Actor in a Comedy win was also the first for a black actor in that category since Robert Guillaume in 1985.) Later on Master of None‘s Lena Waithe chalked up the first victory for an African-American woman in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category for her autobiographical episode, “Thanksgiving.” — EA
 
LOW: In Memoriam MIAs
 
Harry Dean Stanton  in “Twin Peaks.” 
Really, Emmys? You remember Roger Ailes’s passing but leave Harry Dean Stanton, Dick Gregory, and Sam Shepard out of the In Memoriam reel? (And don’t even get us started on those weird picture frames.) Other lost artists that were sadly overlooked include Charlie Murphy, Frank Vincent, and Glenne Headly. — EA
 
HIGH: The ladies of ‘9 to 5’ reunite
 
Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin Reunite at Emmys
 
Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin reunite on stage, and get political, at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.
The three stars of 1990’s classic comedy film 9 to 5 — Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin — reunited to present the Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category, and these firecrackers were on fire! “Back in 1980 in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” Fonda noted. Tomlin followed up by saying that in 2017, they still refuse (to be controlled by President Trump, duh). Work it, ladies! — Kelly Woo 
 
LOW: Seth MacFarlane’s voices
 
Seth MacFarlane and Emmy Rossum (Photo: Phil McCarten/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Memo to MacFarlane: Save the funny voices for Family Guy. The star of the new sci-fi series The Orville thought it would be hysterical to invent six different voices to represent each of the six nominees in the Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie category. Despite his promise that each of the voices would be unique, they all sounded the same to us: lame. — EA
 
HIGH: Chance the Rapper’s activist rap 
 
Stephen Colbert’s opening musical number rocked, but the best part was rapped. Chance the Rapper showed up in a surprise cameo to lay down a couple of verses, which were definitely political in a thoughtful way. “I like Brooklyn Nine-Nine / In fact, I’m addicted / But where’s the cop show where one gets convicted?” And he urged TV fans to turn out for political action just as they do for their favorite shows. “I get it, them finales / They got you focused / But just record the show / And show up at the protest.” — KW
 
LOW: Shailene Woodley, TV denier
 
Does Shailene Woodley realize that the Emmy Awards honor the best in television? The actress may have been nominated for her work on Big Little Lies, but she wasn’t watching it at home … because she doesn’t own a TV. Nah, Woodley is one of those people who can’t wait to tell you she’d rather curl up with a good book than switch on the idiot box. “All my friends who watch TV, I always just ask them when they have time to,” she noted drily on the Emmys red carpet. “I’m a reader. So I always read a book instead of turning on my TV.” We’re sure everyone at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was thrilled to hear it. — KW
 
HIGH: Oliver schools Twitter
 
John Oliver 
From #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain to #JustAddZebras, John Oliver has never met a Twitter hashtag he’s not able to get trending. And he worked his magic again while accepting his Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Emmy. Playing off of a Dave Chappelle joke from earlier in the night, the Last Week Tonight host encouraged viewers at home to attach #DCPublicSchools to all their Emmy-related Tweets. Almost as soon as he uttered those words, #DCPublicSchools indeed started trending. Can we get #OliverForEmperor trending next? — EA
 
HIGH: Emmy gets a supermodel moment
 
Stephen Colbert got the inside gossip on the awards statuettes from Emmy herself (RuPaul). “Honey, get out your china because I am ready to spill the tea, OK?” she said before dishing on Oscar (cute but maybe a little crazy), Tony (has a jealous husband), and People’s Choice (“that b**** is messy!”). But Emmy had a word for potential winners that night. “Don’t say you’re surprised how heavy I am, because that’s just plain rude.” — KW
 
LOW: Why is that dude yelling? 
 
Jermaine Fowler 
In an unfortunate effort to make its sitcom comedy Superior Donuts happen, CBS hired star Jermaine Fowler as the Emmys announcer. The plan backfired, because Fowler was incredibly grating with his shouting and lame side jokes. — KW
 
HIGH: Stephen and Jimmy drown their sorrows
 
Host Stephen Colbert and fellow late night host Jimmy Kimmel toasted their mutual loss to John Oliver in the Best Variety Talk Series category … with a specialty drink dubbed “The Last Week Tonight.” As Kimmel described it, “It’s a dry British cocktail.” Colbert declared it was very good. “It’s so high-quality, apparently they can only make one a week.” Bottoms up, losers! — KW

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Lady Gaga Taken To Hospital To Treat 'Severe Pain'

Just two days after revealing she lives with fibromyalgia, Lady Gaga said she was hospitalized to treat “severe pain.” 
 
The singer shared the news on Twitter Thursday, after announcing that she will no longer be performing at the Rock in Rio music festival in Brazil. 
 
Gaga wrote that she was “devastated” to have to cancel, adding, “I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now.”
 
xoxo, Gaga ? @ladygaga
Brazil, I'm devastated that I'm not well enough 2 come to Rock In Rio. I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now.
2:26 PM - Sep 14, 2017
 
xoxo, Gaga ? @ladygaga
I ask for your grace and understanding, and promise that I will come back and perform for you soon.
2:26 PM - Sep 14, 2017
 
The “Bad Romance” singer also posted a more formal statement, which informed fans that “Lady Gaga is under the care of expert medical professionals. She sends her love to all her fans in Rio and thanks them for their understanding.” 
 
She followed up her statement with another tweet, telling fans the pain was more than hip pain or “wear & tear from tour.” 
 
xoxo, Gaga ? @ladygaga
2:59 PM - Sep 14, 2017
 
xoxo, Gaga ? @ladygaga
I was taken to the hospital its not simply hip pain or wear & tear from tour, I'm in severe pain. I'm in good hands w/ the very best doctors
3:02 PM - Sep 14, 2017
 
Over the past couple years, Gaga has been extremely open about living with chronic pain, which she recently revealed comes as a result of having fibromyalgia.
 
The Grammy winner will open up about living with the disorder (which The Mayo Clinic notes is “characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues”) in her Netflix documentary, “Gaga: Five Foot Two.” 
 
xoxo, Gaga ? @ladygaga
In our documentary the #chronicillness #chronicpain I deal w/ is #Fibromyalgia I wish to help raise awareness & connect people who have it.
7:49 AM - Sep 12, 2017
 
In 2013, the “Born This Way” singer also underwent surgery to repair a labral tear in her right hip. The injury forced her to cancel part of her Born This Way Ball tour. 
 
Aside from living with physical pain, Gaga revealed last year that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. 
 
“It is a daily effort for me, even during this album cycle, to regulate my nervous system so that I don’t panic over circumstances that to many would seem like normal life situations,” the pop star wrote in an emotional letter to fans. “I am continuing to learn how to transcend this because I know I can. If you relate to what I am sharing, please know that you can too.”

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Kaley Cuoco on staying in shape and season 11 of "The Big Bang Theory"

"Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco says fans will have plenty of answers in the first episode of season 11, which she just started shooting. The actress talked to CBS News about the show and her character, Penny, and how she stays in shape. Cuoco teamed up with Panera to promote their new Craft Beverages and cups, which have calorie counts and sugar measurements listed on them.
 
Cuoco admitted, "I do love a soda every once in a while but I had no idea there were 17 and a half spoonfuls of sugar in a soda." She said of the cups, "We forget what we're drinking, but this tells how many calories and how much sugar there is and it keeps you accountable."
 
Cuoco stays in shape by doing yoga and also goes horseback riding with her boyfriend, Karl Cook, almost every day. Cook is a professional equestrian rider.
 
"We go at least five days a week," she explained. "It's a huge part of my life. I think it's very important to find an activity I enjoy. Going to the gym sucks and horseback riding is a great workout — people don't realize that."
 
Kaley Cuoco celebrates 31st birthday with boyfriend Karl Cook
Cuoco, whose Instagram handle is @normancook — her dog's name is Norman and her last name means cook in Italian — acknowledged the strange coincidence of dating a man with that name.
 
"I've had that handle since I started Instagram — way before I met Karl — but when I met him, he thought it was really weird and I said, 'I had that way before I met you, mister.' But it is a coincidence," she said, laughing. "We say KC squared." Cuoco hinted at a long future with Cook and added of her initials, "Wouldn't it be nice if I could keep that?"
 
Speaking of maiden names, Cuoco said she hopes viewers never find out Penny's maiden name on "The Big Bang Theory."
 
"It's kind of a personal thing," she said. "It feels like a jinx. We haven't said it for so long. I feel like if we said it, the world will explode." Cuoco said she doesn't know Penny's maiden name, but she has "an idea" of what she thinks it would be.
 
Cuoco has been busy shooting season 11, and she said working on the show is as rewarding as ever, especially since she and co-star Johnny Galecki have talks with the audience on show nights.
 
"We talk to them and thank them for coming and they get so excited," she said. "It's a special part of our show night."
 
The actress believes fans will feel somewhat satiated after seeing the first episode of the new season.
 
"I think because of the cliffhanger last year, we answered a lot of questions in the first episode and fans will be very happy — no one will be wondering," she said.
 
Cuoco said she sometimes can't believe that "The Big Bang Theory" has run for nearly 10 years.
 
"I didn't think we'd get to this point," she said. Cuoco said of keeping the show on air, "I'd be happy to go as long as we can, but I would like to go out on a high note. I'd prefer to go out while we're doing well."
 
The season premiere of "The Big Bang Theory" airs Monday, September 25th on CBS.

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Fergie and Josh Duhamel Separate After 8 Years of Marriage: 'We Are and Will Always be United'

After eight years of marriage, Fergie and Josh Duhamel are going their separate ways, they confirm to PEOPLE exclusively.
 
“With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” the couple said in a joint statement. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”
 
The couple — who share a 4-year-old son, Axl — have been honest about the joys and challenges of parenting together.
 
“I have no idea what I’m doing half the time,” Duhamel previously told Ellen DeGeneres. “She’s definitely more evolved than I am, and more patient,” he said. “But I feel like I’m much more – you know, having a kid when I was 40 years old is much different than having one at 22, so I’m a little bit more mature than I was then.”
 
While Fergie, 42, and Duhamel, 44, haven’t been spotted in public recently, they looked like a happy family while celebrating their eighth wedding anniversary in January.
 
They also simultaneously gushed about each other on social media while celebrating the milestone. “8 Years!! Love you babe,” wrote Duhamel.
 
In May, the actor also opened up about his marriage to Haute Living, saying the duo share “a lot of love for our son and have a good time together.”

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Selena Gomez reveals she's recovering from kidney transplant

Selena Gomez dropped a bombshell on her Instagram Thursday morning, revealing she's been recovering from a kidney transplant.
 
Selena, 25, posted a picture taken in a hospital room, in which a smiling Gomez is laying in a bed, tenderly holding the hand of another young woman lying in a bed to her right.  The caption reads, in part, "I'm very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health."
 
After thanking her family and her doctors, Gomez also introduced her fans to her donor, the woman next to her.
 
"And finally, there aren't words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis."
 
Raisa, 29, is an actress, best-known for her role on TV's The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  She and Selena have been friends for some time.
 
Selena revealed in 2015 that she suffered from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, and even underwent chemotherapy as part of her treatment.  She's occasionally taken breaks from her career to manage both the disease and the anxiety she's confessed it causes her, and as recently as last March, she made a sizeable donation to the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine to establish the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research. 
 
"Lupus is still very much misunderstood, but progress is being made," Selena writes in her Instagram post.

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'Sopranos' Actor Frank Vincent Reportedly Dead At 78

Actor Frank Vincent, known for a variety of roles including Phil Leotardo on “The Sopranos,” has died, according to TMZ. He was 78.
 
According to reports, Vincent suffered a heart attack last week and died during open heart surgery in a New Jersey hospital on Wednesday.
 
As Variety pointed out, his friend and filmmaker John Gallagher posted the news on Facebook, writing, “Another devastating loss ? my close friend and colleague of 30 years Frank Vincent has left us.”
 
In addition to giving Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) a hard time on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” the actor starred in a number of Martin Scorsese films, including “Goodfellas,” “Raging Bull” and “Casino.”
 
Vincent’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Harrison Ford Breaks Silence on Carrie Fisher's Memoir Detailing Their Star Wars Affair

It happened a long time ago in what seems like a galaxy far, far away, but when Carrie Fisher revealed her “intense” three-month affair with Harrison Ford in her 2016 memoir, The Princess Diarist, the news immediately went viral.
 
While discussing why she revealed the romance, Fisher, who tragically died in December 2016 at the age of 60, told People, “It’s been 40 years!”
 
She continued, “Harrison’s very private, but I think I waited an appropriate amount of time. How much longer could I wait?” The actress also said she gave Ford a heads-up on what she was writing and got no notes in return.
 
Now, Ford has commented on Fisher’s book and the news of the affair.
 
In a lengthy profile with GQ, the actor’s asked, “How strange for you was it when Carrie Fisher put out her ‘Star Wars’ book?”
 
“It was strange. For me,” he replied.
 
Ford recalled that he was given advanced warning “to a degree,” but he didn’t go much more in-depth on his thoughts.
 
“Oh, I don’t know. I don’t know. You know, with Carrie’s untimely passing, I don’t really feel that it’s a subject that I want to discuss,” he said.
 
The interviewer, Chris Heath, still pressed a little more:
 
GQ: Can I ask you whether you’d prefer that it hadn’t been written?
 
Ford: Yes. You can ask me.
 
GQ: Do you want to answer?
 
Ford: No.
 
GQ: Can I ask you whether you read it?
 
Ford: No. I didn’t.
That’s likely all we’re going to get from the actor on the subject.
 
Throughout the rest of the profile, Heath consistently brought up how little Ford wanted to answer questions, especially ones like that.
 
At the time of Fisher’s death, Ford remembered his friend and “Star Wars” co-star in a statement, calling her “one-of-a-kind … brilliant, original.”
 
“Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely,” he added.

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Celebs stop being polite, start getting real with fans on Twitter

Attention, Twitter trolls: Celebrities aren’t taking any of your you-know-what.
 
While once upon a time stars were advised not to ruffle feathers by expressing political views (or other topics deemed controversial) for fear of hurting their brand, that time has passed. With Donald Trump’s controversial election win, which only a handful of Hollywooders were excited about (see: Scott Baio), and the unpopular decisions he’s made since he took office, we’ve entered what can only be described as the “take no crap” era. Celebs aren’t having it in any way, shape, or form.
 
While some famous folks have always clapped back at their trolls, we’ve seen even more come out swinging recently. And they’ve moved past the polite “unfollow me” response. Things have escalated to: Don’t like me or what I’m saying? Don’t be my fan. Don’t watch my show. Don’t go see my movie.
 
May we point you in the direction of Ellen Pompeo‘s feed. On Monday, the Grey’s Anatomy star didn’t pull any punches when she tweeted to her 1.3 million fans: “News flash… I don’t want Trump supporters for fans. Einstein.”
 
It started when the TV star, 47, shared a story about an 8-year-old biracial boy being the victim of an apparent lynching.
 
The hashtags that Pompeo, whose three children are mixed-race, used must have gotten folks riled up (again, she wasn’t pulling punches, using #gof*ckyourselvestrumpsupporters and #especiallythewomen). But she was in a “don’t come at me” kind of space.
 
Her blunt replies led to some followers questioning whether she was hacked. She wasn’t. As she explained, she’s just “straight savage when it comes to doing the right thing.”
 
Pompeo has become more politically outspoken than in her early days on her doctor drama. She was vocal about getting people to the polls prior to the election and obviously even more so after Hillary Clinton’s loss. Who can forget her headline-making tweet to Ivanka Trump about Jared Kushner? Not us. But, hey, it fits with the whole “straight savage” thing.
 
Olivia Wilde, who’s currently starring in 1984 on Broadway, has long been politically outspoken — and has protested several times this year, including outside Trump Tower in NYC in August after the president defended the actions of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK in Charlottesville, Va. It was around that time that the actress — whose mom, Leslie Cockburn, is running for congress in Virginia — addressed “Trumpy Trolls” who had apparently been hassling her and threatening to boycott her work.
 
Not only did she tell them to go ahead and boycott her movies, but Wilde, who has 1.85 million Twitter followers, did so along with the middle finger emoji. Nothing ambiguous there.
 
And then there’s Cher. Let’s be honest, the badass songstress has never been one to be shy about her thoughts on any topic, but a recent tweet got a lot of pickup. After taking to Twitter to defend the so-called DREAMers and urge “those who can” among her 3.4 million followers to “take a DREAMER in 2 their home and protect them,” as she plans to do, one Twitter user wrote, “Sure you will Cher. I’ll believe it when I see it.” The “Turn Back Time” singer shot back, “Then keep your eyes open, b**ch.”
 
For the record, her reply has nearly 100,000 likes.
 
Don Cheadle is another star who frequently takes on critics in the social media space. The actor — and political newshound — has called fans out for being “woefully uninformed.”
 
Cheadle, who has 546,00 followers, isn’t afraid to get down and dirty during an exchange. (He told one follower to, um, eat a d**k.) And this tweet gives some insight into why he’s OK with potentially losing fans — namely, because his political beliefs matter more to him than fandom.
 
Of course, not all stars are using social media as a platform. You may remember Mark Wahlberg in 2016 saying that “a lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t” discuss their personal politics. He went so far as to say many celebrities are “pretty out of touch with the common person.” (He has his own golf course in his backyard, so he should know.)
 
We asked Art Markman, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, what he thinks about this trend of celebs clapping back, and he noted that there’s been a “clear societal shift in expectations about the behaviors of public figures.”
 
“First, when it comes to social media, people assume they are sending posts [and tweets] into the void,” he tells Yahoo. “So if a celebrity ignores the tweet or post, then it is easy to assume the celebrity just didn’t see it. For those people who feel strongly about an issue, more direct engagement is a way of making sure that people recognize that they were heard.”
 
As for celebs and their take-no-crap attitudes: “There is a clear societal shift in expectations about the behaviors of public figures,” Markman says. “When Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks made her comment about George W. Bush in 2003, it was shocking, because that was a period in which celebrities were often quiet about their personal political beliefs. There have been periods in which celebrities have been quite vocal. The 1960s had a lot of celebrity activism around race and equality. The late 1980s had activism about AIDS and gay rights. We have entered another era in which many celebrities [on the right and left] are taking to social media to support causes.”
 
However, there could be financial repercussions. “These interactions may turn off some of a celebrity’s fans,” Markman adds. “We are becoming increasingly polarized as a society, and that has begun to influence the entertainment people watch in addition to the political parties they support.”
 
But that’s a risk these stars apparently feel is worth taking. And cheers to them for staying true to their personal convictions.

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J.J. Abrams returns to write and direct "Star Wars: Episode IX"

J.J. Abrams is jumping back into the "Star Wars" universe. The "Force Awakens" director is returning to the franchise to write and direct "Star Wars: Episode IX."
 
Lucasfilm announced the news on Tuesday, days after news broke about the departure of Colin Trevorrow, who was previously attached to direct the film.
 
"With 'The Force Awakens,' J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy," said Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy.
 
With "Star Wars: Episode IX," Abrams will close out the sequel trilogy he launched with "The Force Awakens"; Rian Johnson is directing the second film, "The Last Jedi." 
 
Abrams will co-write "Episode IX" with Chris Terrio and the film will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.
 
"The Force Awakens" was a critical and commercial success, with a $238 million opening weekend in December 2015 that made it the biggest North American debut until 2017's "The Fate of the Furious."
 
"Star Wars: Episode IX" is set for release in 2019; "The Last Jedi" hits theaters Dec. 15.
 

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